Advocacy Priorities

The Nutrition-Climate Coalition – A collaborative effort of nutrition/health leaders and climate/environmental leaders aimed at and actively carrying out strategies that reflect the climate and health impacts of our food choices.

Restaurant Campaign – The PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign is growing the number of restaurants that offer plant-based, oil-free meals on their menu.  The virtual PPC Restaurant Campaign Toolkit supports the engagement of thousands of Pod members who are participating in the Campaign.

Moving Medicine Forward: Dr. Klaper and PlantPure Communities Medical School Nutrition Education Initiative – Moving Medicine Forward is bringing the revolutionary ideas of disease reversal through plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine to medical schools across the country. 

Stakeholders interested in collaborating with PPC on advocacy/policy matters should send an email to outlining the issue and context.

Advocacy Council Members

The PlantPure Communities Advocacy Council advises PPC on key policy and advocacy matters and guides PPC’s engagement on active and opportunistic advocacy activities.

Kim Anderson

Member of the PPC Advocacy Council

Kim Anderson has been a successful retailer and business leader for more than 30 years, starting in the management and buying departments of Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. She is former owner of the Home Store Teapots & Tassels, Co., where she was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1991 by SBA and “Citizen of the Year Award” in 2005 for her Hurricane Katrina relief efforts by the Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 she co-founded, with her 15-year-old daughter, Ava Anderson Non Toxic, the safest full line of organic and natural personal care and home cleaning products, sold via direct sales. Their business educated millions of American families on the dangers of harmful chemicals in conventional products for humans and the environment, with the support of 20,000 independent sales Representatives. In 6 years, they reached a $60M run rate, along the way honored by Inc. Magazine, Fortune and Entrepreneur, and sold in 2016. Kim is a board member of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and mentors socially responsible entrepreneurs. She and her family are impact investors against climate crisis, specifically with a focus in plant-based foods, which are critical alternatives to animal agriculture.

Kyle Ash

Member of the PPC Advocacy Council

Mr. Ash is the director of government affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His current focus is the 2018 Farm Bill, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and other federal food laws. Mr. Ash previously worked on climate and energy policy with Greenpeace. He received a Master of Arts in global environmental policy from American University and a Master of Laws in international law from the University of Kent in Brussels.

Nelson Campbell

Founder & Member of the Board of Advisors

On the heels of his successful effort as Executive Producer, Director and Co-Writer of the 2015 documentary film PlantPure Nation, and with the vision of leading a grassroots movement to promote the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, Nelson Campbell founded PlantPure Communities (PPC) in early 2016.  The PlantPure Nation film (now on YouTube) examines the political and economic factors that suppress information about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and makes connections to public policy, medical practice, food deserts, and farming.

As the Chair of the Board at PPC, Nelson continues to drive the direction of the organization with his vision – including the PPC Oasis Program through which he is pioneering unique partnerships to bring food-as-medicine to underserved neighborhoods. Nelson also founded the socially conscious business, PlantPure, Inc., to develop the resources and capability necessary to launch the Healing America campaign, a grassroots strategy to empower people in local communities to help share the message of plant-based nutrition. This strategy utilizes a social action platform to support local initiatives that target different sectors of the community.

Prior to his involvement with PlantPure Nation, Nelson worked for 25 years as a socially conscious business entrepreneur. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Economics.

Dr. Benjamin Ha

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Benjamin Ha is a Family Physician with Kaiser Permanente in Bakersfield, California. As an Assistant Area Medical Director for the Kern County Service Area for ten years, he led local efforts to improve clinical quality of care, chronic disease management, and health education for members. After discovering the power of whole food, plant-based nutrition to transform lives, he transitioned back to full-time clinical practice to spend more time working directly with patients.

In 2013, Dr. Ha co-authored an article published in The Permanente Journal entitled “Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-based Diets,” and was a featured speaker and panelist at the First and Second Annual International Plant-Based Nutrition conference. He regularly volunteers his time to lecture about plant-based nutrition to community organizations and universities, and is a frequent guest on local television. Dr. Ha also leads a free monthly workshop to promote a whole food, plant-based diet as a powerful prescription for optimal health and wellness.

Dr. Ha is a North Carolina native and proud graduate of Duke University and the East Carolina University School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Long Beach Memorial before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2003. He lives in Bakersfield with his wife Nina and their two children, Ashley and Ben Jr.

Jody Kass

Executive Director

Building on a life-long commitment to working for the public good, Jody was inspired to turn her attention to national nutrition policy after reading The China Study and meeting author/researcher, T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. In the spring 2015, Jody joined the Board of Directors of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS). CNS promotes optimal nutrition through science-based education, advocacy and research and offers a nationally recognized nutrition education program. In January 2016, Jody accepted a position as Associate Director of the nonprofit organization, PlantPure Communities, Inc., and in September 2016 was appointed by the Board as Executive Director of the organization. PlantPure Communities was formed partly as an outgrowth of the hit movie, PlantPure Nation, which documents the suppression of important taxpayer-funded scientific nutritional research that proves the benefits of a plant-based diet. PlantPure Communities is working to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities through a wide range of research, policy and program activities. Jody brings to both of these endeavors her considerable experience in advocacy, nonprofit management, lobbying and strategic planning from her 30-year career in community revitalization. Jody’s particular expertise is in the crafting of out-of-the-box solutions to thorny problems, and translating those solutions into legislative and regulatory action that achieve systemic change.

Prior to national nutrition/food policy issues, Jody worked in the brownfields and community development arena. In 2001, Jody co-founded the nonprofit organization, New Partners for Community Revitalization, (NPCR) which she directed until 2014. Under Jody’s leadership, NPCR’s work re-shaped the brownfields and community development framework in New York. This is reflected in the numerous laws, regulations, programs and budgets, and the myriad government agencies involved in toxic land reclamation. Most notably, Jody’s impact can be seen in the 125 communities participating in the NYS Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program, where NPCR’s pioneering work has resulted in a shift in the way people think about brownfields cleanup – from a site-by-site approach to an area-wide approach, in order to create value in decaying communities. Jody’s impact can also be seen at the NYC level where NPCR’s work resulted in the creation of the NYC Office of Environmental Remediation and a robust NYC financial and regulatory program for brownfields. Prior to NPCR, Jody was Vice President of the nonprofit NYC Housing Partnership, where she helped coordinate the construction of over 16,000 affordable housing units, representing over $1.5 billion in private investment in 50 NYC low-income communities.

While at the Partnership, Jody served on Gov. Pataki’s Superfund Working Group from 1998-99. She also created and coordinated the Pocantico Roundtable for Consensus on Brownfields and co-led the Brownfields Coalition, an association of over 100 diverse organizations who came together in support of the legislative proposal that emerged from the Pocantico Roundtable and was ultimately instrumental in securing passage of the 2003 NYS Brownfields Law.

Jody’s skill-set includes nonprofit management, lobbying, consensus building, navigating government bureaucracy, training, technical assistance, event conceptualization and coordination, fund raising, complex negotiations on technical and budgetary matters, public speaking, media campaigns, and strategic planning. She has received many awards, including the 2014 NYC Brownfield Partnership Distinguished Service Award; the 2013 Brownfields Leadership Award from NALGEP; the 2009 Leadership in Sustainable Not-for-Profit award from Sustainable Long Island; the 2008 Hero of the Harbor Award from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance; and the 2004 Advocate Award from Environmental Advocates.

Darlene Williams Yanakos

Member of the PPC Advocacy Council

Darlene Williams Yanakos is currently Director of Business Development for WorkWell Inc, an occupational healthcare management company. As a member of the Executive Team, she specializes in client relations, operations and thrives on efficient processes. Darlene has been active in local and state government and in 2012, graduated from the Pittsburgh Civic Leadership Academy.

She has supported many non-profit organizations in various roles, including the Urban Impact Foundation and Surgicorps International. She travelled to Paro, Bhutan in 2016 with Surgicorps on a medical mission trip, where she developed the first Vision Clinic and fitted hundreds with prescription glasses, many for the first time. Darlene fosters pit bulls to advocate for an improved public perception of the breed and support the efforts against breed specific legislation.

Darlene’s whole food, plant-based journey began three years ago, after minor health symptoms caused a review of her over-processed diet. Her goal is to exemplify, through her diet and lifestyle, how to live a mindful, vibrant, healthy and long life.

She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, Christopher, and their adorable gray pit bull. They spend their free time traveling and have been to over 45 countries on 5 continents together.