Chris Mancini, Executive Director
Chris began his environmental career working on board the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater teaching environmental sustainability and marine ecology, and has made a gradual transition from pure environmental conservation to a social justice-based healthy communities and equity focus. Prior to joining Groundwork, he ran programs for Sailors for the Sea, a nonprofit organization based in Newport, RI that educates and engages boaters in the worldwide protection of the oceans. While getting his masters at Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, he stewarded the Maple Syrup Project, which Groundwork later adopted as a tent-pole program. He is a member of the Shape Up Somerville and Mystic River Steering Committees, serves on the Somerville Food Security Coalition and is a founding member of the New England Racial Justice Collaborative. He plays banjo and drums, enjoys commuting bike rides with his wife Abigail and daughter, Mae, and wishes he knew as much about gardening as his amazing staff.
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 and Social Media 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 of that same year. 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, dancing, and cheese.
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.
Devin Powers, Americorps-VISTA, Community Outreach
Devin joined Groundwork Somerville as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in February of 2015. Devin, a Massachusetts native, recently graduated from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island with a degree in both Anthropology and Sociology. Before starting at Groundwork Somerville, Devin has worked in several community outreach positions within the non-profit sector. In his spare time, Devin enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and checking out the local comedy scene.