Esperanza Pallana is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Community Vision, a CDFI that has deployed $444 million to serve over two million clients in systemically disadvantaged communities since 1987. Esperanza is a leader whose passions are in community driven economic equity, equitable and sustainable food systems and racial justice. At Community Vision, Esperanza leads equity and place centered strategy and impact evaluation. Some of her work includes leading the CA FreshWorks program, the Black Liberation Initiative prioritizing Black leadership and power building, and implementing an Indigenous reparative land fee to support critical work being led by Native communities. She has worked with nonprofits for over 20 years in food systems, environmental health and public health advocacy. Prior to joining Community Vision, Esperanza served as the Executive Director of Oakland Food Policy Council.