Chris Mancini, Executive Director
Chris joined Groundwork Somerville in June 2011. He began his environmental career working on board the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching environmental sustainability and marine ecology. After some time working on boats and at an environmental field station in Manhattan, he became Program Manager for Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI that educates and engages boaters in the worldwide protection of the oceans. He has volunteered and been engaged with Groundwork Somerville in some way since 2006, at one point running the Maple Syrup Project prior to turning it over to Groundwork Somerville. For fun, he plays guitar and banjo in a band, and snowboards with his wife.
Jess Bloomer, Program Manager
Jess joined Groundwork Somerville in January of 2015. A native of Colorado, Jess has spent more than a decade finding ways to grow food in a variety of inspiring settings. As the Program Director and Garden Educator with Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, she honed her skills and passion for hands-on teaching, urban gardening, and nonprofit visioning. That work, along with work at the Cultiva Youth Project, Farm and Wilderness Camp, and the Thorne Natural Science School cemented her belief that food connects us all, and the process of growing and eating fresh local food can be an entrance point for teaching just about anything. Jess holds a Permaculture Design Certificate and a BA in International Development Studies, with a focus on community development. In free moments, she likes to explore near and far by foot, boat, ski, and train. She is excited to expand her love of urban farming within the vibrant Somerville community.
Kalimah Mustafa, Outreach Assistant
Kalimah first joined the Groundwork Somerville circle in the summer of 2011 when she volunteered as the Garden Youth Crew Co-Leader. She came back the summer of 2013 for an Administrative Internship and began her position as Outreach Coordinator in the fall. Prior to Groundwork Somerville, she has experience with non-profits when she worked for Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, The Welcome Project, and theMove. She is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in English from UMass Boston. In her spare time, Kalimah enjoys reading, writing, studying, and dancing.
Sarah Lindsay, MassLIFT-AmeriCorps Service Learning Coordinator
Sarah joined Groundwork Somerville as a MassLIFT-AmeriCorps member in September 2014. Originally from northern California, Sarah is a recent graduate of Tufts University with a degree in Biopsychology. Last fall, she worked as a Field Teacher Naturalist at URI’s W. Alton Jones campus and recently spent time volunteering for an environmentally focused non-profit in Australia. Sarah’s interests include inter-species friendships, ultimate Frisbee, and eating freshly plucked produce.