Alex joins Groundwork Somerville after years of work in youth development and urban agriculture. A native city kid born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Alex grew up visiting to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and later continued working there as an educator, passionately connecting city youth to the natural world. Also near and dear to Alex’s heart are issues of social and racial justice--she graduated from Bard College with a BA in American Studies and Studies in Race & Ethnicity, with a specific focus on racial and class-based inequities. Alex previously worked as the Education Director at Waltham Fields Community Farm, expanding the education programs and running a mobile market for low-income Waltham families. Alex is overjoyed to join the Groundwork Somerville team! Outside of work, Alex keeps two beehives, enjoys hiking and camping with her two dogs, embroidery, gardening, and live theater.
Youth Development Manager
Tati Ollivierre is a recent Tufts graduate originally from Brooklyn, New York. She has always been passionate about working with youth, advocating for the rights of marginalized youth, and working against racism, sexism and homophobia. In her free time she enjoys connecting with her Caribbean heritage through cooking and music. While at Tufts, Tati designed her own major by combining aspects of Child Development, Africana Studies, and psychology. During her sophomore year, Tati became joined Groundwork as a Tisch Scholar intern, and was able to work as a Green Team Leader and become involved in alumni outreach and coordination. Over the years, Tati has had the privilege of working in multiple roles at Groundwork, allowing her a seamless transition into her current role as Youth Development Manager. She looks forward to the continued growth of the Green Team program and is very excited to continue her journey at Groundwork Somerville.
Food and Farms Manager and Educator
Emily comes to Groundwork Somerville with a diverse background in education and sustainable agriculture. She discovered the world of sustainable agriculture during her gap year, while volunteering on a WWOOF farm in Peru. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. During college, Emily worked at Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, where she supported refugee farmers in growing and selling vegetables from Myanmar. Emily has taught cooking and gardening education to young people at the NC Botanical Gardens, Mundo Verde PCS in Washington, D.C., and most recently at various Boston Public Schools with Green City Growers.
Emily loves being barefoot outside and values the ways that growing food deepens her faith and connection to God. She is passionate about fighting against racism in our food system, and has learned a lot from Soul Fire Farm and The Food Project. Out of a desire to connect her faith to her work, Emily strives to keep justice and mercy at the center of her farming practices. In her free time, Emily enjoys making nature mandalas, reading, and hiking with friends.
Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Kate comes to Groundwork with a background in farming, education, and communications. She grew up in Western Massachusettes, and has spent many summers working on farms across New England. In addition to growing things and spending time outside, Kate loves painting, reading and writing; she graduated from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a degree in Studio Art and literature. Kate first joined Groundwork as a TerraCorps member in 2020, and is excited to be back on staff!
School Gardens Coordinator
Julian comes to Groundwork from a background in nonprofits, having previously worked in LGBTQIA+ advocacy in his hometown of Queens, NY. Julian is deeply passionate about issues like food insecurity, climate resiliency and racial justice. He's thrilled to work towards making Somerville a better and more equitable place. Outside of work Julian is often found biking, watching movies and taking a very long time to read very short books.
School Gardens Coordinator
Juliana joins Groundwork with a diverse background in community-centered design, education, and sustainable farming. She discovered her love for growing as a child helping care for community plots while living in California. Juliana recently graduated from RISD with a Master’s degree in Industrial Design. Her thesis work focused on the intersection of reintegration and agriculture, where she worked with the nonprofit Garden Time to expand reentry gardening programming. In addition, she is passionate about racial justice, grassroots initiatives, and working with youth. While living in Providence, Juliana worked with the Groundwork RI Green Team as a part of the Maharam Fellowship, facilitating youth-led environmental design projects. She is excited to continue similar work in Somerville to grow a more equitable food system. In her free time, Juliana enjoys hiking with her dog, cooking new recipes, and anything arts-related.
Green Team Members are Groundwork Somerville employees and the main workforce behind our food production at South Street Farm. They also help care for our school gardens, lead projects to better our community, and generally work to make Somerville a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more equitable city. Read more about the Green Team here.