Our Board


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Shara Perlman Borus – Board Chair


Non-Profit Consultant 

YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan’s Summer Camps

Jacob’s Pickles

Henry Kaufman Campgrounds

Insurgo Project


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Brandy Cochrane – Board Treasurer


Founder and Program Director, Friends of the Woods

Founder and Director of Sustainable Initiatives

Community Board 8 Resident

Sustainable Initiatives

Jeanie Bird Foundation

The Bronx News Network

The West Bronx Community Coalition

The Bronx Community Coalition

Girls Empowerment Movement









Dart Westphal – Board Secretary


Organizational Development Consultant, The Support Center for Nonprofit Management

Community Board 8 Resident

Bronx River Alliance

Harlem River Working Group

West Harlem Environmental Action

Riverdale Nature Preservancy

Bartow Pell Mansion Museum

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality

Transportation Alternatives

 Manhattan College

 Columbia School of Social Work

 Lehman College







Karolyn Chamberlin


Economic Development Consultant

Friends of Rosemary’s Playground

Greater Geneva Bern (Switzerland)








Aileen Reynolds


Executive Director of Housing Opportunity, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

Richman Property Services

Fordham University







Christine Whelan, Ph.D.


Clinical Professor, School of Human Ecology, Univ. of Wisconsin

Director, MORE: Money, Relationships, and Equality

University of Wisconsin

University of Oxford

University of Pittsburgh

University of Iowa

Princeton University



Roberta Todras



Roosevelt Hospitals

Peace Corps


Board Committees

Executive Committee – Chair, Dart Westphal

Finance Committee – Chair, Brandy Cochrane

Our Director

Our founder, Jennifer Beaugrand, has worked in community-led horticulture in the Bronx since 2005. She began in the Parks Department and maintains a strong relationship with the agency.