Masha Vernik is the Food Project Communications and Organizing Coordinator. She crafts strategic narratives and builds power with affected communities to build a regenerative, humane, and independently owned food system. Prior to joining Public Justice, Masha was the Food Policy Advisor with Peace Rising, working with a grassroots community gardening group to grow food on public land in Cambridge, MA. That work grew out of a combination of two earlier projects – managing Cambridge City Councilor Quinton Zondervan’s election campaign and producing Common Roots, a short documentary that shows how an East Boston urban garden builds community resiliency.
Before that, Masha worked at Local Roots, a small vegetable farm in Duvall, WA, where she harvested, weeded, and transplanted vegetables. In 2019, Masha graduated from Boston University summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Biology, where she earned the Student Sustainability Leadership Award for her ongoing engagement with the fossil fuel divestment movement.