The board of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (EFwM) is glad to announce that Lariza Garzón has been hired and will serve as the organization’s Executive Director. Lariza will begin her new role at EFwM on September 10, 2018.
Lariza was born in Bogota, Colombia, where she lived until the age of 18. She moved to the United States with her family and attended Stetson University, where she double majored in Latin American Studies and International Relations.
She is passionate about food production systems and farmworker justice. Before moving to North Carolina, Lariza worked as a community organizer in Florida, mobilizing young people in support of farmworker campaigns. She also lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico, where she documented the impact of U.S. policies in the lives of everyday Mexicans, including the issues of food sovereignty. Before joining Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, Lariza worked as the Director of Community Education for the Farmworker Unit at Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Lariza became involved with the farmworker movement when she was a college student and interned at the Pierson office of the Farm Worker Association of Florida. This experience was very transformative and allowed her to develop cherished relationships with many members of the farmworker community throughout the state.
Lariza now lives in Raleigh, NC, with her partner and her dog, Max.