Devita Davison

FoodLab Detroit

Devita Davison, Executive Director, FoodLab Detroit.


Devita is an activist and executive director of FoodLab Detroit, an organization created to provide guidance & support to independently-owned food businesses who are exploring business models that create a more equitable and sustainable environment for employees, producers, and people in the community. A native of one of the Blackest cities in America, with deep roots in activism and food sovereignty, Devita has the benefit of a long perspective on food movements and economies.


FoodLab Detroit believes that a restaurant business profitably is not at odds with fully valuing every food worker as a professional and works to foster the creation of an equitable local food economy by providing food entrepreneurs with education, expert guidance, peer-to-peer mentoring, and access to market opportunities. By primarily focusing on supporting women-owned food businesses from communities of color, FoodLab aims to improve Detroit’s neighborhoods by allowing everyone to take part in the development of a local food culture.


Devita’s overall goal is to create a food economy that acknowledges the importance of food justice, community health, and local ownership. She honed the theory and practice of Equitable Food Oriented Development that is at the core of FoodLab’s work. Devita Davison was a 2017 TED speaker, her TED Talk on the big stage has been seen over 1 Million times, she is a 2017 Grist Top 50 Leader in sustainability, and a 2019 Sustainability Champion. She is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a B.S. in Social Science.

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