Megan Laird serves as the Youth and Garden Programs Manager for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, a non-profit organization that addresses social, racial and health equity through building parks and gardens within communities that lack green space across Greater Los Angeles.
Within the organization, Megan oversees the South Los Angeles Fremont Wellness Center and Community Garden, where she manages and identifies strategic partnerships for various programs such as a member-led community garden, a bi-weekly free produce distribution and wellness fair, seasonal gardening-based events, and the Gardening Apprenticeship Program, an afterschool youth leadership program that engages high school students around food and environmental justice.
Megan previously served as one of two California Regional Organizers for the national non-profit Real Food Challenge, in which she mentored and organized college and university students to advocate for more sustainably, equitably-produced food within their campus dining halls. Specifically, Megan organized within the Real Food for CSUs Campaign, where students from California State Universities across the state mobilized to add an ethical food-sourcing policy to the university system’s 23-campus-wide Sustainability Plan.
Megan received her B.A. in Environmental Studies/Biology with an emphasis in Agroecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. During her undergraduate years, Megan was a core member of the Campus Food Systems Working Group, and was the sole Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship recipient for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS); the university’s 23-acre organic farm. While in this position, Megan served to promote food justice-based programming and events to the student body and surrounding community. Megan currently attends the University of California, Los Angeles, in pursuit of a Certificate in Horticulture.
Megan currently lives in South Los Angeles. In her spare time, she likes to identify plant varieties in the community, play soccer, and discover new cuisines prepared by resident-owned businesses.