Rani Olson

Nutrition and Food Systems - Coordinator, Professor of Practice
Rani Olson
CAPLA Degree(s)
Master of Science in Planning


Rani Olson is passionate about attracting youth to examine critically the complexity of our food system, how/why it functions the way it does, and to develop robust skills to be active change-makers in reimagining a just food system.  Since 2019, Olson has worked at the UA teaching and building courses in the new Nutrition and Food Systems degree in the Nutritional Sciences Department.  Olson has  bachelors degree in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz; she studied race and class disparities nationally, and those relating specifically to environmental stressors and diseases affecting urban communities.  She spent the following years working as a chef on small farms in Georgia and California.  She moved to Tucson to study the complex relationship between our built environment, community vitality, equity, and our food system, receiving an Masters of Science in Planning from the UA.  Rani grew up in Sacramento, California.