Lauren Roy Spence (L.Roy) was born and raised in Oxnard, CA, where the strawberries grow. Growing up around agriculture, Lauren never lost their connection to our natural resources. Blending their passion for social and environmental justice, Lauren has committed their work to creating healthier and equitable spaces within urban environments. Lauren looks at the world through a radically black queer lens and strives to create more inclusive environments for marginalized communities. For the past several years, Lauren has centered their work around environmental education, youth development, and community building. Before joining Urban Sprouts, they had been developing and implementing environmental education programs throughout California. They are an advocate, activist, and educator who constantly strives to maintain people’s connection to the natural world. Their understanding of the intersections of social justice, environmental justice, and food justice has led them to work with Urban Sprouts.