New Interim Executive Director at Sustainable Community Gardens

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Wolfram Alderson started as Interim Executive Director for Sustainable Community Gardens on January 3, 2011, taking the helm from Rebecca Jepsen who has lead the organization since mid-2009 and is returning to the private sector in Silicon Valley.

Alderson brings more than three decades of nonprofit experience serving in key leadership roles involving design, development, and administration of innovative social service, education, and environmental programs. At the age of 19-years-old, Wolfram forged his career creating change in California’s food system, and was instrumental in starting the first Certified Farmers’ Markets and the first regional urban agriculture program in Los Angeles. Recently, Alderson served as Executive Director of Collective Roots, a nonprofit promoting school gardens and food security in East Palo Alto. Mr. Alderson holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.

Alderson’s career has included serving diverse populations with high level needs, including seniors, refugees, people with disabilities, foster youth, homeless, and indigenous communities in Guatemala. A common thread throughout his career has been engaging communities with their environments and developing innovative programs involving urban agriculture, horticulture therapy, and gardens for healing, education, and nourishment.

Alderson states, “I’m delighted to join an organization that in many ways brings my life full circle to the mission of Sustainable Community Gardens… establishing and renewing local, sustainable food systems. My wife, Dagmar, grew up in Sunnyvale, and her father still lives here, so I enjoy a family connection that enriches my connection to this community. Over the last seven years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with many organizations and corporations in Silicon Valley, and was a founding supporter of the HealthCorps, a partnership led by the Health Trust that provides 46 AmeriCorps members to ten organizations (including Full Circle Farm) that grow organic produce in community and school garden settings. I have witnessed how the board, staff, and volunteers of Sustainable Community Gardens and Full Circle Farm have provided much needed leadership in the field of food system change, and I consider myself privileged to join such an exceptional group of people committed to changing the urban landscape for the better. I look forward to increasing and enriching opportunities for people in Silicon Valley to grow food locally and support efforts that improve community and environmental health.”

Board President Greg Leonard states that “Both the board and the staff are very excited to have someone of Wolfram’s experience and accomplishments as the new Executive Director. We are looking forward to working closely with him to achieve our vision of healthy food and healthy communities. During the first quarter of 2011, Wolfram is responsible for leading capacity building efforts, including a strategic planning process for the organization, and developing the Full Circle Farm site to include state-of-the-art urban agriculture designs and methodology.”

Sustainable Community Gardens (SCG) is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the renewal of local, sustainable food systems in Silicon Valley. SCG has two projects located in Sunnyvale—Full Circle Farm, an 11 acre educational and community farm, and Charles Street Gardens, a one-acre community garden. SCG’s farms, gardens, and educational programs provide people of all ages with opportunities to grow food and support efforts that improve community and environmental health.


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