We are a team of passionate change makers, who believe happiness comes from knowing your neighbors, sharing stories and eating healthy. We are passionate about building sustainable communities that empower us to thrive.
Urbanista and a lover of cities, Stephanie brings an understanding of the land development process from her 12+ years working in architecture and urban design. She values both sides of the equation which lends her to develop creative win win solutions that create economic viability and build community. She founded NOMADgardens to provide the Mission Bay community a third place, outside the home and office. A place where neighbors could grow their own food, attend events and cultivate shared learning.
She has a masters degree in architecture and has worked on a number of regional and international projects. Along with working stateside, Stephanie spent two and a half years in England where she worked as an architectural and urban designer and traveled around Europe furthering her knowledge and love for cities and their complexity. She loves calling SF home and is excited about improving and learning from it.
In her spare time she enjoys brainstorming business ideas, attending hack-a-thons, running and enjoying beautiful hikes in the bay area. She loves to be inspired and seeks out opportunities as a design strategist to apply her design thinking and process driven approach to tackle any problem. Oh and she loves to hi-5.
Passionate about supporting entrepreneurs as a catalyst for social change, Anne has committed her life to building communities and entrepreneurial ecosystems primarily in emerging markets. As a business and development strategist Anne has worked with non-profits, governments, companies and investors to realize value while maximizing social impact. Anne has traveled the world and has enjoyed learning from different cultures, and above all has learned that humans love a sense of community.
Anne earned a masters degree from Cornell University where she concentrated in international development. She graduated with honors and was awarded the Adams Award for leadership and academic excellence. Anne is currently the Director of Strategy and Development at SEAF (Small Enterprise Assistance Funds), an investment firm which invest in small businesses in frontier markets. In this capacity she is developing the operational strategy for their business accelerator program CEED (the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development). Prior to joining SEAF, Anne was an Investment Officer with USAID’s newly formed, Private Capital Group for Africa. In this capacity, she structured a multi-donor agribusiness fund in Tanzania which invests in small and medium sized agribusinesses while also providing them technical assistance. Anne started her international career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. In her free time she volunteers at a yoga studio, judges business plan competitions and explores the Bay Area with her husband. Anne loves all things outdoors, including hiking, biking and camping. NOMADgardens brings together her love of gardening and community.
Debbie is one of our two Head Gardeners at NOMADgardens. She holds a law degree from University of Western Ontario, practicing law in Canada before moving to San Francisco fifteen years ago. In addition to just gaining her San Mateo-San Francisco Master Gardener certification, she also teaches her two children how to grow their own food. She has a passion for digging in the dirt and believes that gardening is an act of faith and optimism. Gardening in Mission Bay has been a non-stop learning experience and teaching is the best way of improving your own skills. She has 4 growing seasons under her belt here at NOMADgardens; therefore has valuable advice on what works (and what doesn’t!) in our sunny but windy Mission Bay microclimate.
Jaime has a B.F.A. in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Visual Communications from the University of Arizona. Following graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps Member for a year with the Excelsior Action Group in San Francisco, working with property owners, business owners and residents to revitalize the business corridor. She led efforts in the annual Excelsior Festival as the graphic designer and volunteer coordinator. Joining AIA San Francisco in 2008, Jaime is currently the Program Manager developing and managing programs to bridge the gap between architecture and the general public such as the Architecture and the City Festival (a month-long festival showcasing 40+ events), and the Marin and San Francisco Living: Home Tours programs.
As a graphic designer, her mind is programmed to create chaos into order. But as an extrovert, she also thrives on creating events for all to engage and to have memorable and special experiences. NOMADgardens’ mission to activate vacant spaces combines her love for good design and bringing community together.
Isaac is originally from rural Northwest Ohio, where he was surrounded by corn, wheat, and soybean fields. Both his parents were local school teachers; his father taught high school science and agriculture while Isaac’s mother teaches fourth, fifth, and sixth grade language arts. He attended Eastern Mennonite University located in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. While attending the university he participated in a transformative study abroad program spanning Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. The trip had a significant impact on my spiritual and personal life, and continues to shape how he views his relationship with the wider world. Isaac graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Sociology this past spring. He is looking forward to this upcoming year as a time of both personal growth and discernment for his future. Isaac is excited for the time he will spend in the Episcopal Service Corps, the community that he is living in, and the relationship that he will build in the San Francisco Bay Area. Isaac is currently working with three nonprofits in the bay area: NOMADgardens, Braid Mission, and Foster Youth Museum.
Brad Heller is the newest NOMADgardens team member. Determined to get our community BBQ’ing, Brad’s spearheading our BBQ rentals. He’ll be here to answer all your BBQing questions.
NOMAD Partners + Advisors
Steve joined SF Parks Alliance (NOMADgardens Fiscal Sponsor) in 2012 to lead the Park Partner Program and help neighborhood groups develop their projects. Steve is inspired by the dedication that neighborhood volunteers show in pursuing their ideas and he loves supporting them in their efforts. He is particularly drawn to innovative ideas that customize the playground renovations and help activate left over spaces, such as Street Parks. Prior to joining SFPA, Steve was working with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to develop and activate trails and also worked in urban forestry and planning infill development projects. He is a certified Project Management Professional and has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly SLO. When he isn’t working, you may find Steve mountain biking, hiking, playing soccer, or trying some new outdoor adventure!
Favorite park: McLaren, since that is the one he spends the most time in!
Marissa Alexander joined the San Francisco Parks Alliance in July 2015 as a Park Partners Project Manager, bringing with her five years of experience working with environmental justice communities in California. Marissa graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in Sociology, with a focus on environmental issues. Upon graduation, she worked at the non-profit Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, focusing on communications and fundraising, and helping to support programs to increase access to healthy food in rural food deserts, reduce the impacts of toxic waste on vulnerable communities and advocate for policies that would benefit low-income rural communities. As an avid lover of San Francisco’s greenspaces, she is excited to have the opportunity to work with Park Partners to better their communities!