I have been a supporter of the Garden of Grace since its inception in 2009 and have been on the Board since 2012. What a vision our leadership had to use some of the vacant land behind the church to grow food for the needy. That small seed has now grown into a major food contributor to Open Heart Kitchen and other food pantries. It is a joy for me to see how our staff, volunteers and partners live out our mission to “Teach, Grow, Give.” We really do that, and our community is better because of it.
After spending my career in corporate accounting and finance, I wanted to spend the next phase of my life turning my long-time hobby, gardening, into something more. I completed the Alameda County Master Gardener program in 2012, where I first learned of the “Garden of Grace.” I connected with the ability to physically help grow a garden while giving back to my local community. I started volunteering there and became friends with the team of regular volunteers. Several years ago, Bruce learned of my background and invited me to serve as Treasurer. I find being involved with Fertile GroundWorks and contributing to its success very fulfilling.
As a lifelong biologist and gardener, volunteering with Fertile GroundWorks allows me to pursue the central aspects of my being. I get to play in the soil, watch things grow, and learn new things every day all while helping my fellow human beings. I truly believe Fertile GroundWorks is one of the most important things I do with my life.
I am an enthusiastic student of all things gardening. My areas of interest are California native landscapes and urban agriculture. I am a California Master Gardener and am enrolled in the Landscape Architecture Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension. Fertile GroundWorks is a beautiful, timely endeavor worth every effort to make flourish!
Prior to becoming a gardener, I was an Internet security software entrepreneur. I earned a J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco.
As a long-time member of Asbury UMC, it has been inspiring for me to see the transformation of the space behind the church from barren, stagnant land to an oasis of organic growth that provides nourishment and fellowship for the local community. The tireless staff and dedicated volunteers are a joy to work with, and seeing the direct impact we have on the lives of people through Open Heart Kitchen is heartwarming. I’m honored to serve on the Board and help guide the growth of Fertile GroundWorks.
I have always wanted to volunteer in a local communities and I am glad to found FGW online. I enjoy getting out to the farm and contribute to the production of such wonderful organic produces together with the help of volunteers, the management and Mother Nature. The partnership with open heart kitchen and other food pantries inspired me to serve as a board member to further grow the mission of Fertile GroundWorks.
My experiences include Finance, Business Management and Project Management with extensive and diversified career ranges from startup companies in enterprise software, venture capital, to large scale payment industry.