Board of Directors
Kenan Dunson, Chair
Kenan has been involved at Common Good City Farm since the early days. Born and raised in Washington DC, he gained an appreciation for food less-traveled working pre-dawn summer shifts in his grandfather’s garden in the “the country.” Harvesting, prepping, then cooking and eating freshly grown produce and locally caught fish afforded Kenan full appreciation for the impact of local foods on flavor and the community. As an active member of the LeDroit Park community, Kenan has served in leadership and advisory capacities for various neighborhood organizations and participated in efforts to reprogram the Gage- Eckington School parcel - which would become the home of Common Good City Farm.
Kenan is a tennis player, has been called a restaurant aficionado and accused of being a foodie (he denies it), but does enjoy the DC Restaurant scene. By day, Kenan monitors contract performance as a Program Analyst for the US Government.
Susan Farmer, Vice Chair
Susan first became aware of Common Good City Farm when she took her daughter to a gardening class at the first location on 7th street. Then, a few years later, she was involved again as a part-time employee of the farm. From that exposure and learning more about what Common Good does for the community, she wanted to do her part to help further the mission to create a vibrant and well-informed community through urban farming. Susan believes that enjoying the outdoors, eating well, and eating sustainably grown food, should not only be for the well-off. Susan has had a wide variety of work experience, from being a contract archaeologist, to working with data for the Smithsonian, but her main interest is the health and wellbeing of her family and her community, and that is where she is fortunate to spend her time.
Norman Anthony Greene, Treasurer
Norm is the Director for Political Finance & Operations for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). His primary focus is on strategic planning for the union’s political program’s internal compliance and financial management processes. Before joining SEIU, Greene served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director for Finance at the White House. He was a senior member of the finance team responsible for managing the annual White House Appropriation. Prior to the White House, Greene was a staff member on three presidential campaigns where he worked on Federal Election Commission compliance and reporting. Greene has also supported women’s health care through his work at Planned Parenthood’s National Office and supported international democracy through his work at the United Nations Development Programme and at DFI International Inc. Greene currently lives in the LeDroit Park neighborhood in Washington, DC with his wife and three daughters.
Jill Schwartz, Secretary
On Twitter, Jill describes herself as "Using words and visuals to protect the environment. Using bikes, kayaks, kitchen utensils and gardening tools to make myself smile." The less than 140-character description sums up her 18-year career helping several environmental nonprofit organizations tell stories and run campaigns that inspire action, as well as her nearly lifelong need for fresh air, being active, getting dirt under her fingernails and eating well. Jill works at World Wildlife Fund, where she oversees all external communication related to the organization's programmatic work. Despite the thrill of working on projects in countries thousands of miles away, her passion is working in her own community -- including Common Good City Farm, just a few blocks from her house.
Rebecca Goodstein, Development Committee Chair
Rebecca is the Environmental Coordinator for Patagonia’s East Coast district, helping to oversee the company’s environmental and social programs. This includes grantmaking, advocacy, community outreach, employee activism and working with retail staff to implement company-wide environmental campaigns and initiatives. She previously worked as a grant writer for the Student Conservation Association, the Environmental Point Person for Patagonia DC, and the Conservation Journeys Manager at The Nature Conservancy. Rebecca lives with her partner and their cat in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. She is proud to support Common Good City Farm's work by advocating for the organization's mission, supporting the staff and enjoying the (delicious) fruits of their labor.
Helping support a positive and sustainable community is Alicia's goal in her work with Common Good City Farm. Alicia has called the District home since she moved to the area to attend Georgetown for college. She lives near the farm in the Bloomingdale neighborhood along with her husband, two little girls, and labrador retriever. Alicia grew up in Colorado and is an avid hiker, cyclist, and skier. In her free time, she is often found outdoors exploring state or national parks. Local favorites are the National Arboretum and Rock Creek. Alicia is a trial attorney for the government.
Matthew is the U.S.-based Director of Finn Church Aid, Finland’s largest international development agency and humanitarian provider. He leads the organization’s external relations, fundraising and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. Previously, Matthew was the Director of Operations at the Brookings Institution, where he served as an adviser to the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. During his nine years at Brookings, he also served as the Deputy Director of Operations and Strategic Partnerships Director and Board Relations Manager. He received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Elizabeth (formerly Liz Falk) worked to improve food security and strengthen the local food movement in Washington, DC starting in 2003. After months of researching DC's community health and urban farming history and interviewing key stakeholders, Elizabeth and Susan Ellsworth founded Common Good City Farm in 2007 with a simple vision to increase fresh food access to DC's low-income residents in the Shaw neighborhood. Elizabeth has a background in environmental studies and education and a dual master's degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. She has worked on organic farms in Virginia, Australia and Costa Rica. Elizabeth received a certification in permaculture design in 2006. She moved back to her roots in the Finger Lakes region of New York in 2009, where she and her husband, Steve, co-own a permaculture farm and homestead called Wellspring Forest Farm and she works as the director of the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming.
Susan loves working outside, getting to know her neighbors and sharing knowledge about food. Working with community members at the 7th Street Garden and then Common Good City Farm provided just that opportunity. A resident of Washington D.C. since 2003, Susan and co-founder Elizabeth Gabriel were eager to help build a vibrant, fun and educational space that would help to to address some of the food and health disparities within the city. Susan misses Washington, DC from California where she splits her time between agriculture and urban edge planning and working on an olive farm. She has a BA from Colby College and an MS in Community Development from UC Davis.