Lauren Shweder Biel is the Executive Director of DC Greens. Before moving to Washington, DC and founding DC Greens, Lauren worked at Sesame Workshop in the International Education, Research and Outreach department. In her three years at Sesame Workshop, she oversaw the creation of new co-productions in Brazil and Northern Ireland, coordinating outreach efforts, crafting curricula and supervising formative and summative research with local partners. Lauren has a B.A. from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. in Anthropology from NYU with a focus on Culture and Media. She serves on the Mayor’s Commission for Healthy Youth in Schools.
Sarah Bernardi is co-founder of DC Greens and coordinates all of our school garden initiatives. Sarah is a Nationally Board Certified teacher with 10 years of public elementary school teaching experience. Formerly at Bancroft Elementary, she coordinated garden and farm to school activities and participated in their partnership with the White House garden. Sarah serves as Co-Chair of the DCEEC’s Schoolyard Greening Committee and is a strong advocate for making gardens fully staffed components of all public schools.
Karissa McCarthy is DC Greens’ Farm to School Director. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science after writing an honors thesis on the Mid Atlantic Farm to School Movement. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School. Before joining DC Greens full time, Karissa worked for the National Family Farm Coalition as a Program Assistant. During the market season, she also works at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market as a Manager.
Food Access Programs Director
Lillie Rosen is DC Green’s Food Access Programs Director. Prior to joining DC Greens, Lillie managed and implemented U.S. government contracts at Weidemann Associates, Inc., a Crown Agents USA Company, focusing on international food security and monitoring and evaluation. She received her master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University. During her course of study she completed research on the relationship between localizing peace and urban agriculture with case studies in three U.S. cities.
Lea Howe is DC Greens’ Program Administrator. She has a B.A. from Barnard College in Anthropology. Lea recently concluded two years with FoodCorps in Montana. She served her first year in Boulder where she worked to implement farm to school programming in the public school system and increase access to local food in the community. This past year she moved to Missoula for a FoodCorps Fellowship where she worked side by side service members on the ground and spearheaded a campaign to bring local beef into public schools and institutions. Lea is thrilled to join the DC Greens team in her hometown of Washington DC!
Erica Christensen is DC Greens’ Outreach Coordinator and the EBT Operator at the Glover Park – Burleith Farmer’s Market. Her work focuses on promoting the new market incentive program, which doubles Federal benefits at participating farmers’ markets. Erica has her Masters in Global Environmental Policy with a focus on food and agriculture from American University. Prior to moving to DC, she managed a community garden in Tennessee where she developed a youth entrepreneur program. She has a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Memphis.
Jeanette Staton is an Outreach Coordinator for DC Greens. Jeanette focuses on engaging DC communities around accessing affordable, healthy foods at farmers markets. Jeanette is currently pursuing a Masters in Science in Human Resource Management with a concentration in Human Resources and Organizational Development. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Media and Communications and has a background in training and development and project management. Jeanette enjoys helping young people develop healthy living and eating habits.