Meet The Board
Chair of the Board
Alexys Romo is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Thumb Farm. She began her farming journey while volunteering abroad in Southeast Asia. Once she returned to the states, she continued working on farms and in gardens in hopes of making change in her own community. She has worked in garden education for a decade throughout Los Angeles, and focuses on the youth of her hometown, the San Fernando Valley. Alexys lives in the same neighborhood she grew up in with her husband and 3 wild children. She loves chickens, cooking, crafting, and reading with her kids.
San Fernando Valley born and raised, Analisa is passionate about making sure her community is fed and fed well. With a degree in Unlearning from NYU she is sure of one thing - none of our systems are natural, people built them and that means people can build something else entirely. While she’s newer to farming and gardening, she’s quick to learn and is no stranger to the operations side of organizations. While she’s not on the Farm she loves to read speculative fiction, crochet, and all things true crime!
Rachel grew up homesteading in Vermont and has a background in wellness and sustainability. She started with Garden School Foundation as an intern in 2014, served a year with GSF as a FoodCorps Service Member, served as Senior Garden Educator and now oversees all of their programming and school partnerships as Programs Manager. She is a vital part of the LA food and garden scene as a participant on the LA Food Policy Council, Master Gardener, Slow Food Preserver, and working on her certification as a California Naturalist. On the side, Rachel loves to keep active by playing co-ed flag football.
Rick Perillo has been exploring and teaching ecological gardening practices since graduating from California State University, Northridge in 2006. He has worked on organic farms in New Zealand and Colorado, as well as earned two Permaculture Design Certificates, his Master Gardener Certificate, and a Certificate in Global Sustainability from UCLA. Rick has taught ecological gardening at MUSE School for the last seven years.
Katie Burdick has been a Sole Proprietor since 1972. Over her career she has worked preparing
environmental impact reports (which she stopped doing when they became too much like writing
obituaries for large tracts of lands), consensus building and group mediation on issues surrounding water in California (so she is very well versed in conflict management), and organizational development for non-profit organizations across the US. She has worked with big national environmental and social justice groups and small three-person advocacy groups. To her, organizational development is a cross
between an MBA, a lawyer, a psychiatrist and a party planner. She has conducted trainings and coaching efforts with groups and individuals on all aspects of non-profit management, program design, strategic and operational planning, budgeting, fundraising and self-assessment.
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