As a transplant from Baltimore to Inglewood, CA with a small child and no car, Steele was forced to walk several miles to the nearest grocery store. Steele observed the many vacant lots along her walk, and began to grow increasingly frustrated. She could imagine Inglewood coming alive with a fresh local food system. Not content to sit idly by, Steele began petitioning local politicians and designing the 100 Seeds of Change initiative. Starting as a volunteer, and now as a full-time staff member, Steele is pleased with the growth 100 Seeds of Change has taken on under SJLI. A certified Master Gardener from University of California, Los Angeles, Steele manages all SJLI farms and nutrition programs.