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Kelly D Carlisle

Executive Director, Acta Non Verba

Kelly D. Carlisle Founder and Executive Director of Acta Non Verba, is a veteran of the United States Navy and has been the recipient of many awards, including the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Veteran of The Year for the 18th Assembly District (2015), The L.A. Potts.Ms. Carlisle was selected as one of 200 U.S. Delegates to Slow Food International’s Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto in 2012 and 2014. Ms. Carlisle is the December 2011 Bon Appetit Good Food Fellow. She has worked with and mentored pre-teen and teenage youth since the age of 14. A native of East Oakland, California, she is committed to creating positive change in her childhood city. she enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2001, where she served as Operations Specialist. Upon returning to civilian life, she says she was distressed by the severe conditions in her childhood home of East Oakland where poverty, childhood obesity, and school dropout rates are high. As a mother and a veteran, she decided she wanted to be part of the solution. She startedActa Non Verba the organization’s primary focus is at-risk youth in grades K-8 and their families. The students plant, cultivate, and harvest crops year round, and sell the produce to local residents. All proceeds are placed into individual savings accounts. Kelly’s work has been honored at the White House by President Barack Obama, and she has been selected as a 2020 Castanea Fellow. Success Stories Award from Tuskegee University (2015), the Girls Inc. of the Island City’s 2016 “Women Who Dare Award” and the 2016 CalVet Trailblazer Award. She is an avid gardener and is a former Alameda County Master Gardener Trainee (2013). She is an active member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

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