Devita Davison is the Co-Director of FoodLab Detroit, a non-profit organization that represents a diverse community of food businesses and allies working to make good food a sustainable reality for all Detroiters. FoodLab provides support to over 100+ food businesses through high-quality workshops, field-trips and networking opportunities --- all with the goal of cultivating good food businesses. A native Detroiter, Davison moved back home after running a specialty food retail shop in Brooklyn, New York and now plays in a leading role in the region’s emerging food scene.
She was previously the Community Kitchen Director for Detroit Kitchen Connect, a network of shared, commercial kitchen spaces that provide community resources and an array of industry-specific services to burgeoning food entrepreneurs. She worked to grow the program from a visionary idea to a multiple facility operation that is bringing people together, building a more inclusive food economy and challenging the social, political and economic structures that reinforce inequities.
Devita combines her passion for culinary arts with activism and entrepreneurship. Devita has worked with the Brooklyn Food Coalition, facilitated workshops for the WKKF Foundation, spoke at the Just Food Conference, Netroots Nation and the BALLE conference. She has a BS in Social Science from Michigan State University.
Devita writes on local food systems and has been quoted in the media including: Civil Eats, Policy Link, The Detroit News and Urban Innovation Exchange.