Staff

Jonathan Phillips

Executive Director

Jonathan has been the Executive Director of Groundwork Elizabeth since it’s inception. He has introduced successful youth development programming in the form of a the GWE Green Team, lead the successful development of the Elizabeth River Trail (Phase 1), facilitated urban waters support and programming focused on the Elizabeth River, created a Brownfield Task Force and has secured millions of dollars in funding to support environmentally focused activities in Elizabeth and the surrounding Union County communities.

Jackie Park Albaum

Farm & Garden Director

In her role, Jackie oversees the day-to-day operations of the Come Grow With Us! Community Farm and Garden initiatives including Liberty Hall Farm, the community Partner Gardens, AgLabs, Farm & Garden Adventures, FoodShare, UCMG Community garden grants program in 2016 and the More P.E.A.S. initiative. Jackie has an extensive background in communications, design, resource development, non-profit management, urban agriculture and sustainability.

John Evangelista

Farm & Garden Manager

John joined the Groundwork Elizabeth Team as part of the More P.E.A.S. initiative funded in part by the NJDEP. In his role as Farm & Garden Manager John manages all aspects of the Come Grow With Us! Community Farm and Garden program. Outside of his work with Groundwork Elizabeth John is a partner in a hydroponic farm in Denville, NJ- experience valuable as he leads the Vira Verde hydroponic greenhouse operations at the Portuguese Instructive Social Club.

Tom Mulligan

Special Projects Coordinator

Tom, a retired financial risk advisor and a Union County Master Gardener, oversees all technical and financial aspects of Groundwork Elizabeth’s grant funded projects. Tom brings years of management experience to the team and creates and tracks all grant related data, outcomes and outputs.

Adrienne Miller-Kubicz

Community Garden Coordinator

Adrienne has recently joined the Groundwork Team as the Community Garden Coordinator. Coming from a for-profit background Adrienne now oversees all relations with Groundwork Elizabeth’s 36 partner gardens and was instrumental to the success of the 2016 UCMG grant. In 2017 Adrienne is leading the development of two 50-bed plot gardens in Elizabeth (located at Mravlag Manor and Elmora Public Library.

NJ DEP Volunteer Day

Oct. 27, 2017

Elmora Community Garden

Elizabeth, NJ