Laurell Sims is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Finance for Urban Growers Collective. She received her BA in Asian Studies and Government from the University of Redlands. Laurell worked at Growing Power Chicago for 11-years prior to UGC, where she served as the Production and Marketing Manager for six-years and the Education Coordinator for five-years.
Formerly, Laurell was the Director for ReVision House Urban Farm, a farm-training program for homeless young mothers in Dorchester, MA. Laurell co-leads the Licensing and Animal Welfare working groups for the Chicago Food Policy Action Council. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Slow Food Chicago and Green City Market, where she was also a founding member of the GCM Junior Board. In 2011, Laurell was selected as a Bold Food Fellow, a State Department exchange with farmers from Uganda and Kenya, and has managed development projects with urban farms in Haiti. In her spare time, Laurell is a volunteer magician for Open Heart Magic which provides beside magic for hospitalized children.