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Staff

Barb WengerBarbara Wenger
Founder and Executive Director
barbara@communitygrows.org
415.731.1837

Melissa TangMelissa Tang
BEETS Program Manager
melissa@communitygrows.org

Adrian AlmquistAdrian Almquist
Garden Programs Manager
adrian@communitygrows.org

Paul BergkampPaul Bergkamp
Garden Educator and Program Supervisor
paul@communitygrows.org

Jay JordanJay Jordan
Garden Educator

jay@communitygrows.org

ChaShayCha’Shay Woldridge
Rosa Parks Assistant Gardener,
cha’shay@communitygrows.org

EzekeilEzekiel McCarter
Assistant Educator
ezekiel@communitygrows.org

CrystalCrystal Jones Leon
Seed to Mouth Coordinator
crystal@communitygrows.org<

Screen Shot 2017-01-24 at 4.28.19 PMKelly ErnstFriedman
Deputy Director 
kelly@communitygrows.org,
202.276.7770

 Volunteer Team:

Rachel SeamanRachel Seaman
Graphic Designer

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Advisory Board:

Abigail Blodgett, Associate Attorney, Lexinton Law Group
Avni Desai, Public Policy Manager, Community Housing Partnerships
Arif Husain, Senior Sales Engineer, Instart Logic
Casey Johnson, Financial Analyst, Advisory Services at Nonprofit Finance Fund
Catheline Leung, Senior Manager, Enterprise Client Solutions, Rocket
Fuel
Christina Mathias, Assistant Vice President, CCS
Stuart Michler, Equity Research Analyst, Robert W. Baird & Co.
William Newsom, Attorney, Cooley LLP
Sarah Penney, Consultant, Bain & Co
Jaromy Schmidt, Ambassador/Store Manager, Starbucks
Shakirah Simley, Communications/Outreach/Community Manager, Bi-Rite Market

CommunityGrows requires all new and current employees, volunteers and contractors who work with children and youth to have a complete criminal background check on file with Tides Human Resources. Read more about our Criminal Background Check Policy here. 

We want to thank the countless volunteers that help make CommunityGrows a thriving asset to the youth in our community.

Help us raise funds to get 1,300 youth from low-income communities away from violence and into programs that make them healthy, smart, environmentally educated and create pathways to jobs.