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 provisions 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.
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. Her policy experience includes her role as a former Policy Fellow with the Underground Scholars Initiative. In addition to her role with Impact Justice, she works as a Policy Advocacy Fellow with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition to support criminal justice reform policies throughout California.
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.