Our Team

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executive team

Jessie Banhazl, CEO and Founder

Jessie is the CEO and Founder of Green City Growers. After graduating college, she moved to New York City to begin a career in reality television production. Disillusioned with the entertainment industry, she moved back to Boston to run GCG, re-awakening her passion for food, farming, and sustainability. she has extensive experience in public speaking, marketing, communications, management, production, and PR. She is passionate about cooking with fresh, locally grown ingredients.

Christopher Grallert, Managing Director

Chris joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a Partner, Advisor, and Managing Director. With over thirty years of professional experience in organic and sustainable agriculture, Chris is committed to supporting agricultural models that foster responsible land and soil stewardship. Outside of his role at GCG, Chris serves as President of Littleton Community Farm, and enjoys working alongside his nine-year-old nephew in his organic vegetable garden and helping to revive the lost art of mechanical weed control by restoring and repurposing cultivating farm machinery. Chris is also a contract auditor for farm sustainability and has degrees from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture (Fruit & Vegetable Production) and the University of Maine (Sustainable Agriculture).

Office + Management Team

Rie Macchiarolo, Design & Project Manager

Rie joined GCG in the spring of 2015 as an Urban Farmer. They got their start in farming during their two-year stint in an intentional community in Virginia where they spent countless hours in the four-and-a-half acre garden used to feed 100 people. After completing a Permaculture Design Certificate course, Rie moved to western Massachusetts where they earned a Masters of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. Rie is excited about incorporating perennial and native plants (both edible and ornamental!) into every garden design. Rie also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ecological Landscape Alliance. In their free time, Rie loves to bike around greater Boston and prepare vegan feasts!

Zannah Porter, Director of Operations

Zannah Porter joined GCG in January 2018. Zannah graduated from Warren Wilson College in 2002 with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. Zannah’s passion for horticulture and agriculture was fostered by a botanist father, a rural up-bringing in southwest Virginia, and many hours spent volunteering on Warren Wilson College’s sustainable farm. This is Zannah’s tenth year working in commercial agriculture in Eastern Massachusetts. Most recently, Zannah managed production on a 22-acre diversified vegetable farm operation. Zannah has a passion for tractors, teaching, and anything to do with the outdoors including winter hiking, surfing, and cycling.

Nicole Aube, Office Manager

Nicole joined Green City Growers in the summer of 2018 as the team’s office manager. With a background in nutrition and having spent the past two years managing the Brookline Farmers Market she developed a passion for sustainable agriculture and food security; it’s no surprise she found her way to GCG. Nicole has a real affinity for all things nature and the great outdoors and truly believes that we are what we eat. When she’s not keeping the office in check, you can find Nicole hiking with her dog Millie, day dreaming about Scotland or learning more about her second love – moss.

Lacey Oliver, Account Coordinator

Lacey joined Green City Growers as Account Coordinator in the summer of 2018. Lacey brings with their extensive experience in customer service and project management, as well as a passion for social justice and food access. While completing their Bachelor’s at Sewanee: The University of the South, Lacey interned in an organic garden and with Second Harvest Food Bank. After graduating they piloted a school garden program in rural Tennessee through their role as an Americorps VISTA. When not at work, Lacey enjoys yoga, climbing, embroidery, photography, spending time outside, and exploring the Boston area on their bike.

Tim Cross, Facilities & Installations Manager

Version 2Tim joined Green City Growers in 2015 as a seasonal crew member and has since been promoted to Facilities + Installations Manager. Born in Boston and raised on the North Shore, Tim has deep roots to the city. Tim is a retired Army veteran, having served for thirteen years. Tim cares passionately about sustainability, self-sufficiency, and education, all of which he is proud to support through his work at Green City Growers.

Caitie Dwyer-Huppert, Programs & Engagement Specialist

Caitie joined GCG in March 2018. Caitie graduated from Clark University with a bachelors in Biology and a masters in Education. She loves the intersection of nature, farming, and teaching. After teaching science for 15 years in Worcester and Boston public schools, she earned a masters of Science in Ecological Design from the Conway School. She is happy to be developing GCG education programs, supporting farmers in teaching, and getting kid’s hands in the dirt. Some of her other loves are hiking and playing around outside with family and dogs, picking and eating berries at the same time, and playing guitar.

Morgan Thomson, Horticulture Manager 

Morgan joined the GCG team in March 2018. They grew up around gardening with their botanist father and have spent some time volunteering and working on farms in Western Mass. Morgan is passionate about food justice and has volunteered with Food Not Bombs as well as having worked at the Greater Boston Food Bank. They have many years of working with kids in many capacities and are excited to be combining their skills and passions at GCG. Some of Morgan’s other passions include playing music, making or building things, and volunteering with Girls Rock Boston.
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