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.
Sonia joined BK ROT in 2017 as a composter after completing an apprenticeship with Green City Force. Through her dedication and proactiveness, she quickly began collaboratively solving composting issues and participating in bike-hauling. After launching Rabbit Roots and taking on administrative responsibilities for that enterprise, Sonia expressed interest in continuing to further her administrative skill. Sonia is now BK ROT's Administrative Coordinator. Sonia is also interested in learning about more compost systems like bokashi and vermicompost. She also enjoys painting in her free time.
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.
Drop Off Manager
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. Shaq manages the final stages of BK ROT's compost, including sifting, managing storage, and supporting with compost distribution. Shaq is also from Guyana. Shaq is a freshman at CUNY and loves calculus.
Ceci came to BK ROT in 2016 as a pick up household member and volunteer. Ceci fell in love with compost through BK ROT and the NYC Master Composter course. In 2017, Ceci joined the BK ROT Advisory Board and then became a Board member in 2018. Ceci is adamant about addressing deep climate inequities and find hope in community practices that further land regeneration and reciprocally heal our communities. Most recently, they pursued community-driven land based climate adaptation in Mexico and Puerto Rico. They previously worked at Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES) to strengthen community resilience to climate change through policy, community organizing, and trainings. Ceci formerly worked with our partner, Green City Force, as their Communications and Fundraising Associate. Ceci co-coordinates Interlocking Roots, a network of QT*BIPOC farmers and land workers. They deepened their relationships with plant friends and food justice work through apprenticing at Soul Fire Farm and volunteering at Hattie Carthan Herban Farm. They were an active member of the Audre Lorde Project's Safe OUTSide the System Collective for five years. Ceci is dedicated to climate justice and QT*BIPOC liberation. Ceci loves creating music and finding ways to make the climate movement more inclusive to BIPOC.
Board of Directors
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.
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.”
Dan is a founding member of Know Waste Lands Community Wildlife Garden in 2014, and has been volunteering with BK ROT since then. He helped move BK ROT into that space in 2015, has been working primarily with the systems and facilities needs of BK ROT. Dan is a scientific instrument maker at The Rockefeller University. He teaches scientists how to design and build the instruments they need to be successful in their research. He has also taught, carpentry, pottery, black smiting, and physics. His current work is mostly in partnership with The Kavli Neural Systems Institute, researching fundamental and applied neuroscience. He is the third generation of his family to study physics and apply it to teaching others how to tackle problems in various fields. He believes that all people are born scientists, and that BK ROT’s science and outreach mission is a wonderful way to support people feeling comfortable in their knowledge.
Sandy is an artist, educator, political activist, and community organizer based in north Brooklyn. Sandy grew up overseas in multiple countries on almost every continent, but has spent many years putting roots down and building family in New York. She has started up many local projects including Bushwick’s Know Waste Lands Wildlife Garden, BK ROT, a youth-led composting service and Mayday Space. Sandy founded BK ROT in 2013 and co-faciliated the project until 2017 when she became BK ROT's first Executive Director. In between that time, Sandy held roles as a founding Board Member and Board Chair. In a past life, she worked for the United Nations Development Programme and World Food Programme. She is deeply involved direct action organizing and believes in visible resistance to white supremacy, imperialism and capitalism. She is on the Advisory Board of Wildseed Farm and Village, and a network member of the Blackout Collective, Rising Tide North America, and the Ruckus Society.
Board Member & Founder
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.
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.
Renée is the daughter of a social worker and a NYC private sanitation worker, with a unique perspective on the relationship between environment, people and waste. Trained in documentary film production she has used her skills as a supportive tool for visibility, voice, education and change. In Chiapas with the SEVA Foundation she documented projects focusing on educational opportunities for women and girls, clean water implementation and Mayan midwife-supported birth. In South Dakota on Cheyenne River Reservation she used video to archive the Lakota language as an intergenerational educational tool. She taught documentary filmmaking skills in NYC at CASES' youth program (Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services). Her feature documentary, The Body We Have, explored the intersection of dance and disability. Working with Anna Halprin, the 93 year old dance legend, she directed and produced Remembering Lawrence, a film for Anna Halprin (2011).
Her Permaculture Design Certification led her to refocus her efforts locally in public space and reconnect to her legacy of waste. Renée became a Co-Facilitator of BK ROT in 2013. In this role, she collectively established a youth-led composting service located in Bushwick’s Know Waste Lands Wildlife Garden. Through continued non-profit board work she seeks to connect localized self-determined projects with broader efforts, and support practical and just solutions to human centered environmental crises.