Stephanie Cordova, Youth Employment Program Manager
Stephanie is the manager of the Green Team youth program and has been working with Groundwork Somerville for the last two summers. She joined us as the mobile market leader in the summer of 2018 and the farm site leader/co-facilitator in summer 2019. She graduated from Somerville High in 2012 and from UMASS Amherst in 2020 with a BS in Sustainable Food and Farming and a focus on social justice reform, food equity, and feminist studies. Stephanie has been involved with farm work for the past 5 years and continues to advocate for healthy food access in her hometown of Somerville. Stephanie is thrilled to continue working with her own community and looks forward to growing food, empowering youth, and pursuing environmental and health equity with the Green Team. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys painting murals with Cambridge artist, David Fichter, as well as reading books and snuggling her cat, Haku.
Tatijana Ollivierre, Green Team Leader and Tisch Scholar
Hey, my name is Tati. I’m a rising senior at Tufts University studying Interdisciplinary Studies which is my own personalized major; it’s a combination of Africana Studies, Child Studies & Human Development, and Psychology and it is officially titled: The Construction of Blackness and its Effects on the Cognitive Development of Black Youth. This past year I’ve been abroad to three different countries; I went to France for seven weeks during the summer, Ghana for first semester and London for second, though I had to return early because of COVID-19. While I was on campus at Tufts I was part of an all girls comedy club and heavily involved with the black and first-gen communities. Outside of school I really enjoy cooking and baking and listening to music. As of lately I’ve been really into Afro-beats, old school Reggae, and femme rap artists such as Rico Nasty and Megan Thee Stallion. This summer I’m super excited to be back at Groundwork, especially to be able to bring my love of cooking to the table. I would love to show fellow Green Team staff and crew accessible and tasty recipes that utilize the fresh produce from the farm!
The Green Team are Groundwork Somerville employees and the main workforce behind our food production at South Street Farm and the school gardens. This year our team will be focused on operating through virtual engagement, due to the current restrictions of COVID-19. We will continue to carry out Groundwork’s mission by supporting environmental restoration projects in the City, and contributing a youth voice on issues of environmental justice, food access, and health equity to civic processes in the city. Read more about the Green Team here.
(From left to right, Green Team Member unless otherwise noted)
If you are interested in being part of this team, check our Jobs & Internships page for openings, our Green Team page for information about applying. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquiries or any of the team members in the “Staff” section above for questions about specific programs.