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.
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. 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.
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
Youth Leader & Operations Assistant
Azucena joined BK ROT in the summer of 2020 for the youth leaders program and stayed on after to continue supporting with our Sunday operations, communications, and advocacy work. Previously, Azucena worked in the Our Air Campaign and Air Monitoring project as an intern at El Puente. At El Puente, Azucena was also part of the Che Chicas group which worked with a doctor from the community to assess health problems within the community of the south side of Williamsburg. She enjoys learning about composting and how it helps in the fight against climate change. Azucena also enjoys planting and is eager to learn more about plants and gardening. Azucena is currently a student at the City College of New York.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.