Katherine Soll, CEO/Director. Kathy Soll believes that all New Yorkers should be committed to ending hunger, food insecurity and poor nutrition in one of the world’s greatest cities and that connecting youth to this mission and each other is a critical part of achieving that goal. Teens for Food Justice was built on the concept that hands-on volunteering and helping others builds character and creates a unique level-playing field where people of all backgrounds can contribute equally through hard work and commitment, something hard to find in an increasingly polarized, stratified world. She also believes that service is a powerful tool for tapping young people’s talents, resources, and abilities, helping them flourish and work productively with others, and that youth who help solve social problems become more positive, engaged, hopeful adults who remain active throughout their lives on behalf of social change. Prior to forming Students for Service in 2010, Kathy raised and educated two children in New York City’s public and independent school systems, serving in various leadership capacities within their schools’ PTAs and other community organizations. A lifelong New Yorker, she has also worked in the for-profit sector in management and marketing.
Rosa Ammon-Ciaglo, Program Manager. Rosa graduated from Barnard College in 2014, where she studied Economics and Sociology, focusing on equity in economic development, environmental resource economics, and various social justice issues. Before coming on board to assist with the Teens for Food Justice launch in fall 2013, Rosa interned as a micro-loan client liaison with Zidisha in Senegal and worked for the administration of a teacher training institute in New York.
Azza Bushra, Program Mentor. Azza is a junior at Brooklyn College, where she is studying Nutrition. She graduated from Kingsborough Community College with an Associates in Culinary Arts. She started off at Teens For Food Justice as a volunteer chef helping out with the cooking aspect of the program. She hopes to convey through her food that cooking can be healthy, simple and fun.
Kyle Gorry, Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Kyle graduated Queens College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies. He splits his time between Teens For Food Justice and the event promotion website, doNYC. Kyle loves helping others and is thrilled to be part of an organization that gives back to the community.
Harrison Hillier, Hydroponics Manager. Harrison graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in 2013, before doing further coursework at NC State. At these institutions he gained hands-on experience and insight into both traditional and hydroponic farming techniques. He has over two years of experience applying commercial grade standards for crop growth, handling, and cleaning in greenhouses and outdoor farms.
Raina Kennedy, Program Mentor. Raina graduated from Middlebury College in 2012 with a degree in International Studies and Anthropology. Prior to joining TFFJ as a mentor, she worked a variety of jobs in the food industry, volunteered with City Harvest, and was an active member of her neighborhood CSA, where she developed a passion for food justice advocacy. In addition to interning with TFFJ, Raina is pursuing a masters in Food Studies at NYU with a focus on community food systems and urban agriculture, and she is a Store Coordinator at the Greene Hill Food Co-Op.
Emily Kuper, Program & Communications Intern Emily recently finished her second year at Bard college, where she majors in Theater and Performance and Environmental and Urban Studies with a concentration in Food Systems. She has worked on the Bard farm during harvesting season helping to supply her college with fresh sustainably grown produce. She also works for the program Bard EATS (education, awareness, transparency and sustainability), a student led initiative to develop a more equitable and ecologically minded food system at her college. Over the last two years she created and developed Bard’s Harvest of the Month program to feature local produce, reduce food waste and strengthen partnerships with local food producers. While she loves growing food in the Hudson Valley Emily is passionate about creating greater access to fresh food in urban areas and finding ways to engage New York communities in this pursuit.
Joshua Serrano, Development and Communications Associate. Before TFFJ, Joshua was an Americorps Public Ally at Fair Chance, where his work focused on partner communications and new partner outreach and a Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies, where he worked on the Criminalization of Poverty Project. Joshua received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2015. He is from Brooklyn, New York and spent time as an undergraduate studying in Vietnam and Washington DC. He also is a New Economy Maryland Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC.
Ella Shorr, Program & Communications Intern Ella is completing her undergrad at University of Vermont where she majors in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food Systems and Nutrition. At UVM she takes full advantage of the on campus Ben & Jerry’s stand. This summer she is also working as an event manager for Brooklyn Grange, a Navy Yard Rooftop Farm.
Guadalupe Terrones, Program Mentor. Guadalupe graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek. Though she still has a passion for languages and literature, she developed an equal passion for spreading health and wellness to her community, family and friends. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nutrition and education. She grew up in the Garden Apprenticeship Program at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is now an instructor for their outdoors education program. She is excited to be part of the Teens for Food Justice team and to cultivate a love for healthy foods and a healthy environment in today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders. She loves farmer’s markets, baking, storytelling, and yoga.
Alyssa Vazquez, Unison Farm Manager. Alyssa joined Teens For Food Justice as a member of its first teen volunteer team in fall 2013 and returned as a mentor the following year. She is currently in her second year of college in Brooklyn, where she intends to major in Environmental Studies and Health & Nutrition. She is involved with Ecology clubs at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) and Brooklyn College and volunteers at KCC farm. She also spends her summers teaching high school students about gardening and environmental sustainability at Brooklyn College.