Njoki Mbũrũ is a grandchild of subsistence farmers who grow a variety of local fruits, vegetables, and trees in a beautiful village in Kenya’s Rift Valley region. She graduated from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in International Development (June 2020). Informed by her experiences over the past years living in Kenya, Germany, and Canada, as well as her observations of the evolving political and environmental landscape in her birthplace, Njoki feels drawn to pursue a career in public policy, with a focus on advancing Indigenous land rights, community food security, and social impact investing. She is an alumnus of the LEVEL Youth Policy Program at the Vancouver Foundation (2020) where she published and presented a comprehensive policy brief titled “Anti-racist Approaches to Effectively Address Food Insecurity and Social Isolation among Indigenous and Black Seniors in Downtown Vancouver.” She is a Black settler living on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
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