Abra grew up on a farm in BC’s Okanagan Valley, where her family of 13 raised a large portion of their food needs and were members of a local tree fruit marketing cooperative. She has worked closely with farmers and on food systems for thirty years, with a priority on food value chains and the regulatory regimes that impede or support them. She has worked on policy advocacy and transitions in the fisheries, meat, cannabis, and organic sectors. As someone who spends a lot of time outside and in conversation with farmers, Abra has long been acutely aware of the impacts of climate change. Abra is a founding member of many food-related organizations, including the BC Food Systems Network, the Canadian Biotech Action Network, Food Secure Canada, and the Canadian Association of Food Law & Policy. Since 2016 she has led the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council.