Meet the Team
Our staff and board members all possess the same passion to bring the freshest local food to the communities we live and serve in. Each member is pivotal to the flourishing of DC UrbanGreens and to the revitalization of our Food Desert neighborhood . It truly feels as though, through our labors and common goals, we have become a family and we love every minute of it!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR. URBAN FARMER.BOARD MEMBER
COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR
FOUNDER, DC URBANGREENS, INC.
A Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Julie pursued a career in the world of commercial construction for 15 years before she chose to shift her focus to local food security. Julie is a firm believer that community-based food systems can reduce the impact of DC’s food deserts. As a mother of two sons, Julie’s passion resonates at home. She witnesses behavioral differences in her children when they consume processed foods versus whole foods. She is a strong believer that glycemic response to processed foods causes crashes in blood sugar levels, resulting in emotional and physical fatigue. This fatigue negatively impacts both behavior and focus, inhibiting a child’s ability to succeed at home or at school. DC UrbanGreens was born from the concept that access to healthy, whole foods will positively impact a child’s ability to grow and learn. This is her belief - and bringing a solution to this challenge is Julie’s passion.
Founder, DC UrbanGreens, Inc. Partner, GBA Associates, LP
A third generation Washingtonian, Vincent has had an extremely active role as a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, serving on its Executive, Facilities and Management Committees for the past 10 years. The mission of Friends of FDIA is to provide increased opportunity, education and inspiration to the young people of Washington, DC skating and educational activities. The organization partners with public and private schools, summer camps, churches and local community organizations to promote and deliver the arena’s many programs. The Friends of FDIA now serves over 7,000 children per year, and with the increased programs and services, the facility effectively functions as a community center. Vincent’s heart is planted in DC just as much as his roots are. His time spent in Ward 7 at Fort Dupont Ice Arena has heightened his awareness of the struggles faced by the residents of the neighborhoods we serve and has proved him to be a trusted partner in the community.
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Whether volunteering in her community, initiating a local food drive or feeding her own three children, Jenn feels passionately about reducing hunger in our community. As a board member, she offers us her time and talents from another world - that of event planning, fundraising and marketing.
DDS, GENTILE DENTISTRY, SC
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Gayle has watched and seen the impact that Will Allen and Growing Power have had on her city. As a healthcare provider, Gayle believes in the power of good foods and healthy living. As a small business owner, she believes that good things happen in small places.
A food desert resident herself and avid gardener, Lelia believes in the mission of DC UrbanGreens. As a neighborhood resident living nearby our urban farm behind Fort Dupont Ice Arena, she represents and supports our organization by sharing her time, effort and talents on a weekly basis.