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.
Kristin DelViscio, Green Team Coordinator (Kristin@groundworksomerville.org)
Kristin joined Groundwork Somerville in October 2012 as the Green Team Coordinator. She has a background in youth development, education, and environmental justice. She has taught in a variety of educational settings, from School-to-Farm, an alternative educational program affiliated with Hampshire College, to the Maple Syrup Project here at Groundwork Somerville. Kristin is interested in empowering youth to take an active role in changing our globalized food system. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, baking, sharing food with others, and being physically active. She’s excited about learning and laughing with the Green Team!
Sadie Richards, Lead Gardens Educator
Sadie is an urban agriculture educator, soil enthusiast and beekeeper who joined Groundwork Somerville in September 2013 as the Lead Gardens Educator, where she coordinates and teaches after-school garden clubs across the city.
Prior to joining the Groundwork Somerville team, Sadie spent two years doing similar Farm-to-School work with FoodCorps and The Food Project in Boston Public Schools. She has taught young people and kept her hands close to the earth in a variety of settings in Vermont and Massachusetts. Sadie holds an MPH in Environmental Health, is passionate about environmental justice and enjoys sharing a sense of wonder inspired by the natural world with others, especially children.
Sadie’s favorite garden crops are garlic and celeriac, which she and her husband enjoy growing and cooking together. In her downtime, Sadie also enjoys hiking, photography and pottery.
Clay Larsen, Landscape Designer
Clay is a landscape designer who brings over 30 years experience as a landscape contractor, horticulturalist and builder of both residential and commercial projects to our organization. He currently works out of both the Groundwork Lawrence and Groundwork Somerville office and covers a large region of eastern Massachusetts in his work.
His current practice focuses on three specialties: Teaching landscape construction skills including: storm water best management practice (BMP) and coordinating the EPA funded Green Jobs Program at Groundwork Lawrence; project management including community development, environmental permitting, and erosion and sedimentation monitoring for the nine mile long, rails to trails, Northern Strand Community Trail project for Bike to the Sea Inc. ; and development of the Bike Path Community Garden program for the city of Malden.
Clay holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the Boston Architectural College and is a Massachusetts licensed construction supervisor.
Kalimah Mustafa, Outreach Coordinator
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.
Student Employees and Interns
Hannah Recht, Green Team Intern
Hannah is a Tisch Scholar from Tufts University. This fall she will be working with Groundwork’s Green Team, facilitating presentations about issues of food justice, sustainability and working on leadership and communication skills with the team. She is a sophomore at Tufts and plans to study Anthropology and Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Food Systems and the Environment. Hannah loves to travel, hike, dance, and learn about food and culture. She can’t wait to share her interests with the Green Team this year!
Fall 2013 Interns
Marga Hutcheson, Administrative Assistant
Marga, a native of the Boston area, came to Groundwork Somerville the summer of 2013. Having worked as a Greenspace Specialist at a community development office in Cleveland, she has experience assisting neighborhood groups on vacant land reuse projects. Prior to her work in Cleveland, she made concertinas at the Button Box, Inc., in Sunderland, MA.
She is currently in a Master’s program in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy at Tufts University. When not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with her family, sewing and making “up-cycled” crafts, cooking, contra dancing, and being outdoors.
Thay Thao, Action Team Intern
Thay, a Minnesotan native, is a senior at Suffolk University studying Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology. He is the Alternative Spring Break Scholar at Suffolk managing all aspects of the Alternative Spring Break programs, he is on the Suffolk University’s tennis team, and is a big brother to a local 5th grader. While at Suffolk, he has further explored his interest in environmental issues by serving as an Eco-Ambassador. He has also been an orientation leader, working hard to create a comfortable, caring environment for Suffolk’s new students. This fall he worked with Groundwork Somerville as the Action Team Leader, helping with the community outreach aspect of Groundwork.
In his free time, Thay loves to hike, play sports, and experiment with cooking!