Executive Director: Maddie Taylor
Maddie graduated from Barnard College in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Biology. She is a founding member of Sprout Up NYC. She has worked in environmental education for five years including positions at Hudson River Park Trust, NASA, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She currently works as a community organizer for NYC H2O, and she is working on publishing her Barnard thesis on a very specific type of seaweed. In her free time, Maddie enjoys botany, marine biology, the culinary arts, and drinking earl grey lattes at plant-filled eateries throughout Brooklyn (with Janice).
Director of Development: Janice Fong
Janice Fong is the Director of Development. She has held various roles within J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, Commercial Bank, and Alternative Asset Management. She is currently an Analyst within Public Finance, extending credit and liquidity to not-for-profit entities such as municipalities, healthcare and higher education institutions, and biofuel facilities. Janice received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College in 2017. She enjoys horticulture, veganism, playing with dogs, and hanging out with her best friend Maddie.
Director of Education: Walter Hutcheson
Walter Hutcheson graduated from New York University in 2017 with a major in Ecology. He was a founding member of Sprout Up NYC, where he is currently the Education Director. Currently, he is working as a marine science educator and field researcher at Hudson River Park and as an after-school teacher at PS 218 in the Bronx, teaching food justice and gardening. He loves gardening and dressing up fancy and jamming out to Ariana Grande, who is also his best friend.
Director of Operations: Aviva Magder-Pascaris
Aviva Magder-Pascaris graduated in 2017 from New York University and has worked with Sprout Up for 2 years. She began as an instructor, went on to become the community manager of the New York University chapter, and now works on the executive board as the Director of Operations. She currently works at Brooklyn BotanicGarden as a school programs instructor, and in the Children’s Garden as a seasonal instructor. Outside of Brooklyn Botanic Garden she runs a community garden program at the Park Slope Public Library, and hopes to go on to graduate school next Fall. She loves polar bears, cooking, and travelling to exotic places.
Director of Community: Katarina Pittis
Katarina Pittis graduated in 2018 from New York University with a major in Film and Television. Currently she works as a freelance photographer and videographer. Her passion is to create documentaries because she loves to combine her care for education and filmmaking. Often her films have an environmental theme that center around water issues. She first joined Sprout Up in 2016 as
an instructor and is now the Director of Community. She loves hiking on her free time, spending as much time as possible with cats, and traveling.