M. Jahi Chappell

M. Jahi  Chappell
  • W. K. Kellogg Chair for Food, Society and Sustainability
  • Established through a gift from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Center for Regional Food Systems


Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is a scholar, organizer, son of social workers, and grandson of Michigan farmers. From 2020-2022, he served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, or SAAFON, which offers direct support and organizing for Black, sustainable farmers in the Southeastern United States and US Virgin Islands.

Jahi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both from the University of Michigan.  

Over the past 20 years, Jahi has researched and advocated at international, national, and local levels for participatory, socially just, and ecologically sustainable agrifood systems that center the voices of farmers, laborers, and the communities they serve.

Learn more about Dr. Chappell.