Community organizer, activist, artist
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Growing up in San Francisco’s Mission District, Gabriela Alemán saw the needs of her Latinx community firsthand. After being evicted with her family during rapid gentrification, the young, self-identified queer artist experienced displacement and a loss of resources. Inspired to help others in her immigrant Latinx neighborhood, Alemán in 2020 co-founded an alliance of small local businesses and groups to launch Mission Meals Coalition, which delivers hundreds of groceries and meals to local residents in need. With $5 providing a hot meal and $25 feeding a family of five, Mission Meals shows exactly how much money can make a difference. In the last year, the organization has gone from being entirely grassroots-funded to now sustaining its work via grassroots donations combined with support from a local foundation and a grocery credit provided by San Francisco’s Human Services Agency. Alemán and her team also ensure that the food they serve is “culturally relevant” to the residents who call the Mission home.
In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, In The Know is highlighting changemakers who are impacting the world through cultural advancement, community leadership and entrepreneurial innovation. See all of our honorees here.