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Leadership Breakfast: K. Rashid Nuri
November 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
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About K. Rashid Nuri
K. Rashid Nuri had a powerful “burning bush” revelation while a student at Harvard. The experience set him on a global food odyssey, managing agricultural operations throughout the U.S. and 35 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. Rashid saw, up close, the abuses and inefficiencies of Big Ag. His vision of community food sovereignty and food equity emerged with full clarity. He brought that vision to Atlanta in 2006, founding Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (TLW). TLW became Atlanta’s premier urban agricultural organization, growing tons of chemical-free, nutritious food, providing jobs and educating communities about food, nutrition and self-sufficiency.
Rashid was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but as the son of a military officer, he does not call any place home. He attended 14 schools before his family settled in San Diego, California, where he attended high school. A stellar student and community leader, Rashid went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Harvard and a Master’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts. During his college years, the budding agriculturalist helped to install some of the first organic community gardens in San Diego. Following graduation, Rashid journeyed to Georgia, where he managed 13,000 acres of farmland for the Nation of Islam. They raised cotton, corn, peanuts, soybeans and greens, in addition to cows and chicken. Later, he managed operations in Asia and Africa for Cargill Corporation, a global agribusiness conglomerate. Following nearly a decade with Cargill, Rashid returned to the U.S. to become a senior executive in the Clinton Administration, serving as Deputy Administrator in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Senior Advisor in the Department of Commerce. In his capacity as Deputy Administrator, Rashid’s responsibilities included budgeting, finance, facilities, information technology and 2,200 employees.