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Heile Gantan is a Senior Program Associate with the Food in Prison Project. Her background in nutrition, public policy, and lived experience with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation motivates her work to improve the provision of essential resources throughout jails and prisons. She works closely with other nonprofit, civic, and state organizations in her advocacy efforts to support those impacted by the criminal justice system.

Her policy experience includes her role as a former Policy Fellow with the Underground Scholars Initiative and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition to support access to rehabilitative programs for people currently incarcerated and those reentering from incarceration. Before her role with Impact Justice, Heile helped students, seniors, and justice-impacted adults experiencing food insecurity during her internships with the CalFresh Outreach Program.

Heile obtained her B.S. in nutrition with a double minor in business administration and marketing from California State University, Sacramento. She recently completed her master’s degree in public policy at the University of California, Irvine, with a special focus on health equity and justice.

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