Saba Andualem
Program Manager, Urban Roots

Saba Andualem is a first generation, Ethiopian American, artist, curator, organizer, cocktail crafter and bad ass cook. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She has always had a passion for food and has worked within food systems for almost ten years. While living in Duluth, she co-founded a farmers collective called GNAR-Foods, a 20-member CSA farm that facilitated cooking classes on food waste, preservation, and food skills.

In 2014, she moved to Minneapolis seeking more diversity in her field and a chance at policy. Although her time in Duluth was rewarding, the diversity in the Twin Cities offered more opportunity to address the intersections of race, class, gender and land access. By 2015, Saba was connected to Homegrown Minneapolis and got to serve a term on the Minneapolis Food Council where she learned more about policy within the food system. After her term was over, she farmed in New Zealand for 4 months before becoming the Cook Program Manager at Urban Roots on the East side of St. Paul.

Today at Urban Roots, Saba leads the Cook Fresh program's development, implementation, and evaluation in order to amplify the food related needs and priorities of the East Side of St. Paul. She has worked across the food system from farming and policy to cooking and community based program development. She is dedicated to work for and with communities until BIPOC folx are equitably represented at all levels of the food movement.