Fern is a former executive assistant to the president of American Airlines and former chair of Legislative District 27 for the Maricopa County Democratic Party. She has a B.A. in Education and currently serves on the board of multiple nonprofits in Laveen.
Gordon is the director of philanthropy for the Sojourner Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Arizona. He has experience with fundraising for several other nonprofits, and has attended Grand Canyon University and Ohio University.
Dr. Roselle has a PhD in education from Capella University and has worked as a school district administrator for over 14 years. He is responsible for raising over $5 million in the last five years and is active in multiple nonprofit groups.
Scott is the director of finance at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a Massachusetts think tank focused on providing creative solutions to economic, social, and environmental challenges such as food scarcity and spatial inequality. He was formerly a fundraiser for the Arizona Center for the Arts.
Steve is the executive director of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and has a demonstrated history in nonprofit organization management. He is skilled in budget management, corporate sponsorship development, and fundraising, and has an M.S. in Applied Health Sciences from Indiana University.
President of Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc (AEC), Managing Member of Agave Farms, LLC, Managing Member of Urban Farming Education, LLC, Founding Member and Architect of Fresh Food Collab response to COVID-19
Michael graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Arizona State University with a master’s degree in Urban Planning and has been the owner of AEC, a commercial landscape company
specializing in native plant salvage and revegetation, landscape construction, and maintenance, for 30 years. Michael founded a community garden, Agave Farms, in 2015 in Central Phoenix, and a non-profit, Urban Farming Education, in 2018. With other organizations, UFE initiated Fresh Food Collab as a response to the economic impacts of
After refining his craft and curating a professional network at Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Cristobal implemented fundamental principles of business as a project manager for Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc., bringing an increase in overall revenue during his two years working there. Cristobal has strengthened the supply chain by widening the channel of vendors and has played an active role negotiating lead times and enabling a trucking network at the disposal of the company. Since then, Cristobal has led the non-profit organization Urban Farming Education as the president, increasing the breadth and depth of the company’s reach in terms of community outreach and overall impact. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Urban Farming Education started the Fresh Food Collab.
Prior to joining Urban Farming Education, Kim lived in many places in the U.S. and internationally. While Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona have been her primary residences, she has also lived in Iceland, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the Philippines. While living and traveling abroad, she developed an understanding of different cultures, the problems people face, and the solutions found. Kim became concerned with poverty and hunger and continues to seek and implement solutions to alleviate suffering. As a nationally ranked storyteller, Kim amplifies narratives of people, their struggles, and their solutions. Kim continues to expand her knowledge from life experiences and her AA in Arts and Sciences from Glendale Community College. Kim values social justice, diversity of perspectives, and leading by example.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Lorenzo has been a visual artist his entire life. He studied his craft in Phoenix, Arizona. After high school he became a Mercedes Benz Master Technician while earning his BA in English with a focus on screenwriting, fiction and film. He spent a few years doing freelance photography and indie film work in the Los Angeles area and has brought those competitive techniques back to Arizona with him.
Aside from digital photography and filmmaking, Lorenzo's creativity has been expressed via 35mm, 16mm, pastels, acrylic on canvas, charcoal, mixed media and written word.
A graduate of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Lilian takes specialty in branding, web/UI development, user experience and visual design.
Now at Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc., she concentrates her efforts on developing and executing strategy for growth.