Victor was BK ROT’s first biker beginning in 2013. Hailing from Mexico, he learned his composting, farming and carpentry skills at Bushwick Campus Farm while in high school. He is a skilled carpenter (he makes our compost sifters and other as-needed farm and compost equipment) and is interested in ecological conservation and animal care as a long-term career path. Victor has trained with the US Composting Council. At BK ROT, Victor manages the site and equipment, leads daily compost operations, and trains new workers.
Drop Off Manager
Devon joined BK ROT in 2019 as a Drop Off Manager after completing an internship at East New York Farms. He came through a recommendation from former BK ROT Membership Coordinator Iyeshima. Devon is from Guyana and loves introducing visitors to the ripe passion fruit growing at the Know Waste Lands community garden.
Shaq joined BK ROT in 2019 as the Operations Assistant after completing high school at Bushwick Campus Academy, a long-time partner of BK ROT in recruitment. Since joining BK ROT, Shaq has grown in leadership. He currently manages the final stages of BK ROT's compost, including sifting, managing storage, and compost distribution. Shaq also supports with programming, BK ROT workshops and the Youth Leaders program. Shaq is also from Guyana. Shaq is studying at CUNY and loves calculus.
Nick joined BK ROT in 2020 as the Operations Assistant. Born and raised in New York City, Nick has built up his experience composting and farming gin the City. Most recently, Nick farmed and composted at Harlem Grown. Previously, he composted with Earth Matters and farmed with Project Eats. Nick is one of the main Biker-Composter at BK ROT, hauling organic waste from our commercial and residential clients
Atiqa joined BKROT's permanent team in 2021 after being a youth leader. She's a current undergraduate pursuing environmental engineering and a minor in literature. Their writing has been published in many anthologies, and continues to pursue her writing in her blog. She's worked in research labs and manages social media for her local mosque. An avid journaler and reader, she's usually typing away or trying and failing to keep up with her course work.
Nora Tjossem has been composting in Brooklyn since 2015, when they joined Q Gardens in Flatbush as a weekend volunteer. After working for three years in the Education department at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), they joined Greenlight Bookstore as a bookseller and events host. Nora entered BK ROT as the Operations Coordinator in June 2021 before stepping into the role of Interim Co-Director. Nora holds a BA in English from Stanford University. When not at the gardens, they can be found voice acting, riding their bike, and greeting the neighborhood cats.
Dior St. Hillaire is a Hip Hop MC and worker-owner at GreenFeen OrganiX. She supports the team with composting, customer acquisition, project management, coalition building and policy analysis. She is passionate about Environmental Justice in the South Bronx and globally, which brings her to BK Rot enthusiastically to add a unique approach to reimagining New York City's waste management system, while supporting the organization to influence local policy, build capacity for local organics processing, and employ creative marketing techniques. As the current chair of the Bronx SWAB, Dior hopes to help residents of New York City establish a more sustainable relationship with the materials management industry, with the hope of eliminating the idea of waste. It is through arts and activism that we can truly reimagine and engage circular systems that benefit the world and future generations to come.
Staff listed in order in which they joined BK ROT.
Board of Directors
Annel is the Associate Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. She joined BK ROT as a Board member in 2018 after serving on BK ROT's Advisory Board. Previously, as Research Assistant with the Urban Climate Change Research Network at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, she collaborated with scholars, experts, and advocates on pushing forward new climate change resources for cities. Annel also worked in the NYC Mayor’s Office as Social Innovation Fund Advisor managing the program implementation of a multi-city initiative focused on economic opportunity programs, and was also a NYC Urban Fellow. Annel received an MPA in Energy and Environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Earth Institute and a Research Assistant at the Institute of Latin American Studies. She received her BA in Political Science and Latin American & Latino Studies from Fordham University.
Felicity is a first year law school student, based in Boston, MA. Felicity attended Grinnell College, in Iowa, where she received her B.A. in Philosophy and participated in the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, through which she taught and tutored incarcerated students working toward their Bachelor's Degrees. After moving to New York to receive her M.A. in Philosophy from CUNY Graduate Center (2014), Felicity worked as a Grant Writer for Madison Square Park Conservancy and became an active member of the Bushwick Food Co-op. She has volunteered as a Grant Writer with BK ROT since 2015, joining the Advisory Board in 2016 and the Board in 2017. Most recently, she worked as a Grant Writer for The MacDowell Colony, the nation's first multi-disciplinary artist colony, which received the National Medal of Arts in 1997, for giving artists “the opportunity to work within a dynamic community of their peers, where creative excellence is the standard.”
Guy came to BK ROT in Oct 2014 as a PhD Candidate, Science and Technology Studies Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on composting in NYC for his dissertation. During his research he clocked many volunteer hours with us turning compost and becoming an authentic part of the team every Sunday. In 2016 he was active on our Advisory Board and represented BK ROT at USCC Conference in LA in 2017. Guy is currently a sustainability lecturer in the department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He teaches classes in environmental sociology, science and technology studies, and gender studies. His dissertation, "Building Utopia with Tomorrow's Trash: Formal and Informal Infrastructures for Organics Recycling in New York City," examined community and municipal compost in New York City. He is a host on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, a news and talk show hosted by the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.
Iyeshima Harris started her mark in the food justice movement at the age of 14. As a Jamaican native, she struggled with the process of assimilation into a new culture. Through farming she found great comfort in her community. Throughout her involvement in the movement, Iyeshima has taught food justice, advocate for universal free school lunch, assisted in the development and sustainment of a youth-led organization, and is now the organizer for the Youth Food Justice Network. Iyeshima is the Project Director of East New York Farms! She is dedicated to integrate youth empowerment and leadership into adult dominated sectors. With a double major of Political Science and Sociology, Iyeshima wishes to combined her passion for food justice and her knowledge of the American politics to drive the importance of food in people’s everyday life.
Kim joined the board in February 2021, after working with BK ROT to host youth leaders and offsite weekly food scrap processing through the truly exceptional year of 2020. In her day job she leads the NYC Urban Food Systems team at NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets, where she and her team fund community-led food sovereignty work across the 5 Boroughs and support small scale food businesses, farms and gardens feeding under-resourced communities across the State.
A community gardener for over a decade, Kim completed the DSNY Master Composter certificate in 2019 and has since coordinated the compost operation at Greene Acres in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Kim has an MPA from Cornell University and teaches at Farm School NYC. She is working tirelessly to root out systemic racism from our food system and believes in the power of the people who steward our soils as we fight climate change and build a more just and equitable world.
Priya is the Policy Organizer for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance. She joined the BK ROT as a Board member in 2018, after serving on BK ROT's Advisory Board. Prior to joining the NYC-EJA family, she served as a Campaign Organizer for Environment New York, working to build a state-wide coalition urging Gov. Cuomo to commit to 20% solar energy by 2025. She also previously worked as a Research Assistant for Rebuild By Design, studying community resiliency and managed coastal retreat in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from NYU, where she organized for fossil fuel divestment with NYU Divest. For her senior capstone in Environmental Studies, she worked with a team to develop a suite of policy recommendations to increase energy efficiency and equity in NYC’s residential housing stock. Her senior honors thesis analyzed how social movement organizations frame and mobilize around climate change.
Genea is a Brooklyn native, whose Afro-Caribbean ancestry has shaped their deep commitment to environmental and social justice. Genea is an urban planner who has worked with youth and communities of color towards food justice, climate resiliency, and health equity through community organizing, participatory planning, and popular education. Genea is passionate about the intersections of climate justice, land sovereignty, and cooperative economics. Genea holds a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Biology from Wellesley College and a Master's in City Planning from MIT.