Brahm Ahmadi is a social entrepreneur working to build healthier and more equitable inner-city communities by bringing change and innovation to critical facets of the food system. When traditional fundraising methods proved an ill fit for his company, Brahm decided to look elsewhere to raise capital. In this interview, Brahm shares the unique challenges he and his team faced and how they targeted their messaging to attract investors that aligned with their mission and values.

Interview:

Brahm Ahmadi

Company:  

Community Foods Market

Bio:

Brahm Ahmadi is a social entrepreneur working to build healthier and more equitable inner-city communities by creating change and innovation to critical facets of the food system. In 2003, he co-founded People’s Grocery, a nonprofit organization that has attracted national attention for its effort to transform inner-city food systems through projects in food enterprise, urban agriculture, and nutrition education that include the nation’s first Mobile Market. In 2010, he founded Community Foods Market (formerly People’s Community Market) to create a fresh food retail business model that fosters health and social interaction in low-income communities. He has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California and an MBA from the Presidio Graduate School. He’s a Food and Community Fellow at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and a Fellow at Food First: Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Get In Touch:

brahm@communityfoodsmarket.com

3105 San Pablo Ave. Oakland, CA 94608

Website: communityfoodsmarket.com

E-commerce: shop.communityfoodsmarket.com

https://www.facebook.com/CommunityMrkt

https://www.instagram.com/communityfoodsmarket/

Links:

Angels of Main Street

Crowd Fund Main Street

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