Dr. Gabriela Pereyra oversees the GrowNYC’s Beginning Farmer Program. In her role, she regularly assists BIPOC farmers with land access opportunities and business creation. Dr. Pereyra is a guest facilitator at Soul Fire Farm’s BIPOC Farmer in Relationship with Earth training, as well as a Spanish-language trainer of agroecology production principles for farmworkers at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. In the last two years, she has assisted directly in the creation of 16 farm businesses. As a Venezuelan immigrant, Dr. Pereyra is uniquely attuned to the needs of immigrant audiences. Before joining GrowNYC in 2017 she held a job at the Synergos Institute supporting agricultural development programs in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Mexico. In 2017 she managed three Greenmarket farmers markets that predominantly served Latinx immigrant farmers and Latinx neighborhoods. Dr. Pereyra holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Central University of Venezuela, a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Hohenheim (Germany), and a Doctorate in Geosciences from Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (Germany).