Our Team

Urban Growers Collective Members

Co-Founder / CEO, Operations

Erika Allen

Erika Allen is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Operations for the

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Co-Founder / CEO, Finance

Laurell Sims

Laurell Sims is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Finance for Urban

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Associate Director of Training Programs

Lauralyn Clawson

Lauralyn Clawson received her B.A. from Penn State University in Environmental Science.

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Urban Farmer and Instructor

Darion Crawford

Darion Crawford has been farming since he was 16-years-old.  He began his

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Community Engagement Coordinator

Kala Cuerington

Kala Cuerington has been working in food and environmental justice for the

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Urban Farms Manager

Malcolm Evans

Malcolm Evans has served as the Production Manager for Urban Growers Collective since

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Administrative Assistant

Dena Fromberg

Dena joined Urban Growers Collective in April 2019 as the team’s Administrative

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Development Associate

Brandon Lov

Brandon Lov is the Development Associate for Urban Growers Collective. He graduated

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Urban Farmer

Marshall Mitchell

Marshall Mitchell was born and raised in Chicago.  He graduated in May 2019

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Grounds for Peace Instructor

Ashanti Randolph

Ashanti Randolph has worked for Urban Growers Collective since June, 2019 when

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Youth Program Coordinator

Azziza Robinson

Azziza Robinson is the Youth Program Coordinator at Urban Growers Collective. She

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Urban Farmer and Youth Instructor

Allison Sturm

Allison Sturm was born and raised in Rogers Park, a north side

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Fresh Moves Coordinator

Joselyn Walsh

Joselyn Walsh grew up in rural Missouri, and has an undergraduate degree

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Lead Advisors

Board of Directors

Erika Dudley, University of Chicago – Civic Knowledge Project; Odyssey Project Margot

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Asscociate Board of Directors

Ross Barney, Tumu Studio Meredith Bissonnette, Yello Margaret Catania, Alliance for the

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