Lauren Shweder Biel

Executive Director

Lauren has been working on food access and education in the District since 2009, when she co-founded DC Greens.  Lauren currently serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Healthy Schools and Youth as well as the Department of Health’s Obesity sub-committee, and received the Exemplary Civic Activism Award from the D.C. Federation of Citizens’ Associations in 2011. Lauren was named a Toyota Mother of Invention at Tina Brown’s 2014 Women in the World Summit. 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.


Spencer Boxley

Urban Farmer

Spencer is a Washington, DC native. He graduated from Dunbar Senior High School pre-engineering program. He attended South University where he studied Business Management. He has a love for cooking and grilling and is working at K St. Farm with the goal of someday owning his own farm.


Asha Carter

Community Outreach Specialist

Asha is a social justice educator, community organizer, and environmental justice advocate who is excited to be working with DC Greens! Most recently, Asha served in the Obama Administration as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Asha is an alumna of Wellesley College, where she earned her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies with a concentration in Urban Development and Sustainability.


Ellie Fausold

Produce Rx Manager and Health Policy Specialist

Ellie holds a B.A. from Hamilton College, where she studied Public Policy and helped spearhead her campus Real Food Challenge campaign and Slow Food chapter. After spending six months working on an apple orchard in upstate New York, Ellie relocated to Washington, DC to explore her interests around healthy food access in urban environments. Since joining DC Greens in 2014, she has worked on the School Garden Market, Fruit and Vegetable Prescription, and Produce Plus programs. Ellie is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition at The George Washington University.


Dominique Hazzard

Community Outreach Specialist

Dominique can’t imagine a better job than talking with her neighbors about ways to access fresh, local food. She previously worked as an Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. There she conducted research for the development of a congregate meal site and nutrition education programs on the West Side of Chicago. She also worked as Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator with the global public health organization GlobeMed. Dominique is a writer, a community organizer, and a proud second generation resident of Anacostia. She holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Wellesley College.


Sarah Holway

Cofounder & Education Director

Sarah is cofounder of DC Greens. She 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.


Lea Howe

Director of School Food Initiatives

Lea Howe is the Director of School Food Initiatives at DC Greens where she works to build a healthier, more just food system in her hometown of Washington, DC. In this role, Lea supports DC Public Schools on their adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program, a procurement framework that directs institutional buying power towards five core values: local economies, health, valued workforce, animal welfare and environmental sustainability. She also works to co-convene the DCPS School Food Advisory Board made up of parents, students, school staff and community members with the mission of opening channels of communication and building a more reflective and responsive meal program across DCPS' 114 schools. As the Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network for over 4 years, she advises and convenes local stakeholders to put food education on the menu in every classroom, grow DC’s robust school garden network, and provide all students with culturally appropriate, healthy, and regionally-sourced foods. She manages DC Greens’ School Garden Market program in 15 schools and designed, launched and ran Cooking with Kids, a program that taught food system lessons and culinary skills to over 3,000 students in 2 years. Lea currently serves on DCPS' Innovation and Systems Improvement Advisory Board. Her passion for food education and sustainable agriculture took root in Montana while serving with FoodCorps. During her first year, she integrated farm to school programming in the public school system and increased community access to local food. She also completed a FoodCorps Fellowship in Missoula, where she spearheaded a campaign to serve local, grass-fed beef into public schools and institutions. She has a degree in anthropology from Barnard College.


Mayra Ibarra

Produce Plus Program Manager

As the Produce Plus Program Manager, Mayra is thrilled to facilitate access to healthy food for all DC residents. Prior to joining DC Greens, Mayra worked with the Central American Resource Center in DC to foster partnerships, spearhead advocacy initiatives, and provide educational workshops to DC’s Latino immigrant community. She has also worked at LIFT-DC, managing one of their local offices and helping community members connect with support services. Mayra has a B.A. from Scripps College and an M.A. from Purdue University.


Muriel Jolivert

Operations Assistant

Prior to joining DC Greens, Muriel spent the last four years working at the International Monetary Fund as a Staff Assistant and Division Coordinator. She helped establish the organization’s official companywide volunteers group, which provides and create opportunities for all of the staff to volunteer in the Washington Metropolitan Area. She has collaborated with several local organizations on community service projects. Muriel is excited to broaden her knowledge of food access and food justice in Washington, DC and to provide operational support to DC Greens. She holds a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.


David Lazere

Education Coordinator

David found his passion for food justice as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. Through the fellowship, he worked at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, conducting research and outreach focused on increasing Bay Area students’ access to free and reduced-price school meals. He also worked at MAZON, supporting their campaign to fight military and veteran hunger. As the Education Coordinator, David is excited to work at the intersection of education, food access, and equity by helping connect schools across the district to local food systems. David holds a degree in Educational Studies and Public Policy from Swarthmore College.


Kate Lee

Farm Director

Kate develops and manages garden programs at schools and youth development organizations around Washington. Kate holds a degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia and has been in the urban gardening field for over ten years. Prior to joining DC Greens she was the founder of Capital City Farm Co., School Garden Coordinator at four DC schools, Farm Manager at Common Good City Farm, and staff at the Washington Youth Garden. She sits on the Advisory Board for the DC Food Policy Council Urban Agriculture Working Group.


Mary Alice Reilly

Community Engagement Manager

Mary Alice first got hooked on sustainable food & farming at Brown University pursuing her B.A. in Environmental Studies. There, Mary Alice‘s studies and extracurricular work supported her growth as a thinker, educator & activist. Mary Alice managed farmers’ markets in DC with Dreaming Out Loud prior to joining DC Greens. As a Community Engagement Manager, she is excited to deepen her work with the Produce Plus Program, as well as connect volunteers’ hearts & minds to the food justice movement. Mary Alice has also coordinated the World PEAS Food Hub, the Brown Market Shares program, and a garden-based education research project in Providence, RI.


Lillie Rosen

Deputy 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.


Brittany Stewart

Operations Director

Prior to her role as Operations Director, Brittany oversaw DC Greens’ volunteer programming and engagement as Volunteer Coordinator. Brittany completed her Master of Science in Sustainability Management at American University’s Kogod School of Business. Prior to DC Greens, she worked with the university’s dining services on strategic approaches to source sustainable food while considering life-cycle environmental impacts including cost, food quality, and food waste. She has also worked at American University’s School of International Service, a trade association, and DC Central Kitchen.


Marian Wiggins


Marian has a Bachelor’s in Accounting from The College of William and Mary and has been in the field for about 18 years. She started out as an auditor for Ernst & Young where she honed her analytical accounting skills as well as her understanding of financial controls and procedures. Marian then worked for a start up and then a government contracting firm before finding her niche which is non-profit accounting. For the last 12 years, Marian has worked with several social service non-profits and is currently serving on the board of the Alexandria Friends of Mental Health as their treasurer. She has put into place controls and procedures as well as structured the accounting system in most of the places where she has worked, particularly the non-profits. Marian believes in combining her financial skills with her love of supporting good causes.

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Maisha Atrice

Community Engagement Manager

Maisha Atrice is a helper who has served the DC community as a teaching artist, program coordinator, and community organizer for over ten years. Maisha has worked with organizations such as the Hip Hop Caucus, Emergence Community Arts Collective, and Community of Hope. Throughout her varied experiences, Maisha has established meaningful collaborations across disciplines. More recently, she established an educational partnership between LAYC Career Academy and Rooted and Sustained LLC, to educate students about food access and to teach urban gardening. As the Community Engagement Manager at DC Greens, Maisha is looking forward to expanding access to living foods in DC communities that have been placed-at-risk for food insecurity. Maisha holds a B.S. from Howard University and is working towards her M.A. at the University of the District of Columbia.

Anjalie Subramanian

Produce Rx Intern

Anjalie is passionate about the intersection between food justice, nutrition, and community health. Her diverse set of experiences include collaborating with urban farms and community members to reduce stormwater pollution, engaging in exercise and nutrition research, and working as a medical assistant in underserved areas of her homestate, Georgia. As the Produce Rx Intern, Anjalie is excited to contribute to increasing food access in Washington, DC and is interested in understanding how healthcare providers can support food justice in the communities they serve. Anjalie holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a dual masters degree in Public Health and Physician Assistant Education at George Washington University. 

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Fatimah Ahmad

Operations Manager

With almost 20 years of experience in creating and implementing systems, recruiting and developing teams, and planning and initiating strategic objectives, Fatimah has worked in many different industries including healthcare prior to joining DC Greens. She is an active homesteader who believes that growing her own food helps her connect to her most grounded self. Fatimah is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Strategic Leadership.