D’Artagnan Scorza Executive Director, Social Justice Learning Institute Los Angeles, CA Cultivate Connection, Prioritize Equity, Regenerate Soil & Nature | Community Economic Development, Food and Agriculture, Local Government, Public Health, Well-being D’Artagnan is dedicated to closing disparities in education, health, and the local economy by empowering individuals to utilize their agency and improve each other’s lives. D’Artagnan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, a non-profit organization that works to help his community achieve health and educational equity. His leadership helped establish community gardens, a farmers market, and create healthy lifestyle centers in Inglewood. He also developed the Urban Scholars program to provide students with opportunities for academic support, personal growth, college guidance, and jobs. The program is available in seven schools, including Inglewood’s. Among the students who have completed the program, 95 percent have graduated from high school and 85 percent were accepted to college. D’Artagnan is a community organizer with extensive program development and policy experience and he’s helped passed green school policies and statewide policies democratizing food access. At SJLI, he leads a team that works to close disparities in education, expand business opportunities, improve health in the built environment and help youth of color go to college. D’Artagnan chaired the Measure GG campaign for IUSD, powered by concerned local residents, to secure $90 million in school improvement bonds to update facilities and expand access to a safe, healthy and quality education. served as a UC Regent from 2007-2009 where he passed policies that helped expand access to education for African-American and Latino youth, established veteran’s service centers and prioritized $160 million for student services. He serves on the Los Angeles and California Food Policy Councils and was elected to the Inglewood Unified School District, Board of Education in 2015. D’Artagnan is a graduate of Morningside High School, a US Navy Iraq-War Veteran and native son of Inglewood. He has a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a B.S. in Liberal Studies from National University, and a B.A. in the Study of Religion from UCLA. Impact Creating a local food system with community members and youth. Advancing healthy eating initiatives in underserved communities. Teaching youth to use research to advocate for themselves. Helping Black males use literacy to go to college. Providing scholarships for black males through a collaboration with the Perlman Foundation Scholarship Fund.