Ariel Hamburger, Food Equity Specialist, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency

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Ariel Hamburger is a Food Equity Specialist with the County of San Diego's Health and Human Services Agency and manages the Live Well Community Market Program where she works to create a more equitable food system for all San Diego residents. Ariel has been instrumental in the county’s local food system efforts and helped with the establishment of the Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative and also co-chairs the San Diego Food System Alliance’s Healthy Food Access Working Group. In her current role, she oversees retail efforts funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture. She also works on active transportation, active living, and land use projects. Ariel sees improvements to the food system and built environment as a proxy of social justice and believes these approaches have the ability to transform communities. Prior to working at the County, Ariel gained her interest and expertise on healthy retail through the UC San Diego Center for Community Health and also worked on cross-border issues through the County’s Office of Border Health. She graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Latin American Studies.