A.L. Anderson-Lazo, Ph.D. is an applied anthropologist who has conducted research and organizing in the U.S., Central America, and beyond. Today, she works locally in San Diego and throughout the U.S. with grassroots food, farm and farmworker justice organizations. In particular, she develops participatory research, assessment and evaluation tools to strengthen policy development, coalition-building and community organizing. Her scholarship focuses on how land-based, agriculturalist and indigenous peoples, and the movements shaped by urban and rural people of color communities can mobilize self-defined food sovereignty and holistic development strategies based in regenerative agriculture and social justice.