Organization: Manzanita Capital Collective
Location: Bay Area, CA
In his words...
“I am the son of Taiwanese immigrants who benefitted from racist immigration policies that enabled them to come to the United States to pursue graduate degrees and professional work. This early life experience led me to work in economic opportunity, particularly in immigrant communities. Despite working within the capitalist system, many farmers in our community hope for shifts to a more just, healthy, and resilient economic paradigm that centers people and planet.”
What gives him hope...
The fellowship offers an opportunity for sharing power and leadership, and centering farmers and marginalized communities in our food system; connecting with inspiring peer leaders to build long-term relationships, and deepening and multiplying the connections among the broader web of relationships and networks we all engage in to move our work.
Anthony Chang is the son of Chinese immigrant small business owners and has spent 20+ years working in economic opportunity and environmental sustainability in communities of color. Prior to Manzanita Capital Collective, Anthony helped start and build Kitchen Table Advisors (KTA), a nonprofit that fuels economic viability and thriving livelihoods for a multi-racial next generation of sustainable small farms and ranches. During his last couple years at KTA, he participated in POC-led collaboratives stewarding and governing their own capital (such as The People's Land Fund, Equitable Food Oriented Development Collaborative, and the LIFE / Open Letter group); worked with foundations on aligning grants and investments with their values; and facilitated integrated capital and technical assistance for farmer owned food hubs for food and land justice projects. Prior to Kitchen Table Advisors, he spent 15+ years channeling capital to small business owners while in leadership roles at community development financial institutions (CDFIs) like Accion Opportunity Fund and California FarmLink.