Grow It Green Morristown has named Abby Gallo as its first executive director.
The Morristown resident, who most recently worked for Samsung Electronics in a sustainability role, joins the nonprofit as it embarks on a $200,000 fundraising drive to improve the Early Street Community Garden, opened in 2009.
“We look forward to working together to achieve great things for the community,” Grow It Green co-founder Samantha Rothman said in a statement.
” Having an executive director will enhance the organization’s capacity to be an agent for positive change in the greater Morristown area,” she said.
“As a Morristown resident, I’ve been so impressed with what Grow it Green has accomplished in such a short period of time, and I look forward to the organization’s new period of growth,” said Gallo, a former contributor to MorristownGreen.com.
Gallo holds a master’s degree in sustainability management from Columbia University.
Grow It Green will hold an open house on Nov. 18, 2014, at 7 pm at its office at 14 Maple Ave.
Here is more from the organization:
GROW IT GREEN MORRISTOWN HIRES FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Grow it Green Morristown, a community-building nonprofit organization focused on food, education and shared open spaces, has announced Abby Gallo as its first-ever Executive Director. The organization is hosting its first Open House Event at its office onTuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to introduce Gallo to the community.
“The Board of Directors is pleased to announce Ms. Gallo as our Executive Director,” said Samantha Rothman, Board President for Grow it Green Morristown. “We look forward to working together to achieve great things for the community. Having an executive director will enhance the organization’s capacity to be an agent for positive change in the greater Morristown area.”
Gallo comes to the organization from Samsung Electronics, where she held roles in sustainability and corporate social responsibility and strengthened the company’s involvement with local nonprofit organizations. Prior to her time at Samsung, Gallo led media relations in the U.S. for the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization. She has also held sustainability roles with ARAMARK and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). She has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Delaware.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Grow it Green Morristown team and work to benefit the greater Morristown community,” said Gallo. “As a Morristown resident, I’ve been so impressed with what Grow it Green has accomplished in such a short period of time, and I look forward to the organization’s new period of growth.”
The announcement marks a moment of growth for the five-year old organization, who recently announced its Grow Early Capital Campaign, an effort to expand its Early Street Community Garden.
Grow it Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on building community through collaborative projects centered around food, education and shared outdoor spaces. Through these community initiatives they provide educational opportunities for children so they can make healthier eating choices, and donate thousands of pounds of produce to food pantries in Morris County.