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Staff

Jennifer Papa

Founder & Executive Director

Jennifer leads all aspects of the organization from program development and property enhancements to fundraising and strategic planning, forging a positive path forward for local food systems, while using the beauty and enchantment of public garden and farm installations to inspire new pride in communities, change the personal and public experience of urban life, and ensure good food for all.

Jasmine Moreano

Director of Community Engagement & Advocacy

Jasmine fosters community participation and collaboration in the greening and beautification efforts that liven our cities and neighborhoods and oversees all food access initiatives ensuring affordable, local, farm-fresh food is available to everyone.

Lisa Martin

Director of Food Access

Lisa connects the community to Jersey-fresh, local produce through City Green’s farm stands and mobile markets while increasing affordability for low-income families through a double bucks program at our own markets and others around the state.

Henry Anderson

Director of Agriculture

Henry is responsible for the planning, management and organic cultivation of City Green’s farm in Clifton, while overseeing the farming operation at City Green’s Farm at South Branch Preserve in support of our food access program. Henry also cultivates public participation in community-based regenerative agriculture.

Liz Kleisner

Director of Community Horticulture

Liz is responsible for educational programming and the vegetable and perennial gardens at the Farm Eco-Center, our Learning Garden in Paterson, and all of our City Sprouts children’s gardens in support of nature exploration and outdoor garden education.

Joseph Lynch

Farm Director, South Branch

Joe is responsible for planning, management and organic cultivation of over 25 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and fruit at City Green Farms at South Branch Preserve. He oversees the care of all machinery and equipment, while also building out the infrastructure of this new 12 acre farm.

Alex Caroleo

Farm Market Director

Alex manages City Green’s farm stands, Veggie Mobile markets, and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs to ensure food access and affordability throughout Clifton, Paterson, Passaic, and our other neighboring communities.

Emily Jacobi

Farm Manager, South Branch

Emily supports all aspects of the South Branch farm operation from seed to harvest, ensuring an efficient and productive growing season.

Isabel Anderson

Farm Manager, Clifton & Agricultural Education Coordinator

Isabel supports all aspects of the Clifton farm operation from seed to harvest, ensuring an efficient and productive growing season. In the summer Isabel is a Growing Strong Crew Leader, mentoring teens in our youth development program.

Lia Italiano

Grant Manager

Lia tracks City Green’s portfolio of foundation and government funders, ensuring funds and contracts are successfully administered for all City Green awards. Lia assists in the fiscal management, budget development, and evaluation of City Green’s grant funded programs and projects.

Robbie Economou

Good Food Bucks Coordinator

Robbie coordinates City Green's Good Food Bucks program, New Jersey's only statewide nutrition initiative program. He works with farmers, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores throughout the state to make fresh fruits and vegetables more accessible for New Jersey residents.

Erin Baniaga

Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Erin makes sure that City Green’s day to day operations are running efficiently and smoothly! She also serves as the point person for events, volunteers, and fundraising initiatives at the organization.

Kirsten Yascko

Youth Program Coordinator

Kirsten supports our City Sprouts after school and summer programs to develop deep connections between children and nature. She also supports our volunteer program.

Miranda Madrazo

Community and School Garden Coordinator

Miranda coordinates City Green's School Garden and Community Garden grant programs and the diverse set of gardens within the networks. She works with school, garden groups, and organizations throughout the region to support their efforts in creating community garden spaces of their own. Miranda also operates City Green’s Youth Climate Change Collective an academic eco-learning experience for teens and Growing Strong, a paid youth development opportunity for teens.

Kelly Bedoya

Farm and Garden Facilities Coordinator

Kelly Bedoya joins us as the Farm and Garden Facilities Coordinator. Kelly will oversee and maintain City Green’s properties, buildings and equipment to ensure that the workspace is safe, functional, and serves the organization and program staff’s needs.

Karen Myers

Head Gardener

Karen Myers is City Green's new Head Gardener. Karen will oversee the maintenance of the vegetable and perennial gardens at the City Green Farm Eco-Center, Learning Garden in Eastside Park and additional urban satellite gardens in the community. She will also work alongside volunteers, youth educators and interns in support of community programs.

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