Tobias A. Fox, Founder and Managing Director
Tobias Fox is the Founder and Managing Director of the community-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. Aside from being a writer and having ten years of independent publishing experience, Fox is a Professional Organizer, Urban Farmer, Photographer, and Coordinator of an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference. He conducts various community events, presentations, and workshops on sustainable living practices and has assisted numerous urban farmers and gardeners with the cultivation of their agricultural space. Fox has earned many accolades for his work, including:
- In part of Newark’s 350th anniversary, selected by peers for outstanding contributions to the Newark community to be part of the 100 People of Newark. This Newark Project, a series of 100 photographs and on-camera interviews with Newarkers, was produced by the 100 People Foundation in partnership with PSE&G Foundation.
- In 2016, Community Service Award presented by the Northeast Earth Coalition.
- In 2014, awarded the Newark NAACP Environmental Justice Honoree.
- In 2013, presented in TEDxBroadStreet, an independently organized TED event fueled by the theme “Reach, Rise, and Revive,” that took place at the Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. TEDxBroadStreet is Newark, NJ’s first citywide TEDx event developed in collaboration with Newark residents.
- In 2012, awarded an Exemplary Service Recognition by the Greater Newark Conservancy for Community Organizing.
A Newark, New Jersey native, Dr. Jacqueleen Bido earned her Doctorate from Seton Hall University in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy. She is the founder of Elevate Newark and BIDOISM Inc., which are consulting companies created to empower and help people, their organizations, and the communities they serve to invoke social change. As the Chief Strategy Officer of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc., she continues to expand her mission through business consultation, program development, grant writing, and the creation of the Garden of Hope in Newark, New Jersey. Bido is also proud to have served her country in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in the United States Navy. She is mother to five beautiful children, who have been her greatest achievement because their mere existence proves the importance of the work she does to make the world a better place for them and all to live in.
We recognize community partners who not only support our mission, but share our vision and display their leadership through collaborative partnerships.
Emily G. Lavallee, Community Collaborator
Emily G. Lavallee is a community organizer, project manager, and urban grower. She has experience collecting, analyzing, and managing data at the nonprofit and classroom level, as well as coordinating programming alongside Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. and other local urban farming initiatives.
Brygida Dabek is an environmentalist with an eye for the arts. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Geography, with a concentration in Urban Studies, and minors in Sustainability Science and Environmental Justice. She began collaboration with Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. during her final college semester as an intern. After graduation, Brygida served as the Newark SAS Assistant Coordinator for the PSEG ISS Green Teams Program, during which she assisted with strategizing and organizing action items and deliverables. Besides her involvement with Newark SAS, Brygida is working to combine her passions of writing, people, photography, interior design, and sustainability into her project Collection Five.
Graham Squires is an advocate for social and environmental justice with experience studying community food systems, sustainability education, aquaponics, and environmental health. He has assisted with maintenance of the community gardens since 2018 and has seen firsthand the many benefits they add to the community as Newark SAS has grown to serve more residents over the years. He also serves as a mentor for NPower, a technology training program for Veterans and underserved youth that seeks to connect Newark and Jersey City residents who are interested in information technology careers with the training they need to be successful. He is a professional software engineer who is interested in exploring the ways that technology can contribute to sustainability, environmental health, and social equity.
Acción Glocal Leadership Team
Norma Díaz Santos is a native of Constanza, Dominican Republic. Her parents Vencía Santos Gonzáles and Malo Peña taught her about agriculture at a very early age. As a mother of four after the loss of her husband, she continued to give back to her community. She believes in the healing powers of agriculture, living a sustainable life, and giving back to those most in need. Her role in Acción Glocal has been a beacon of change throughout the Municipality of Constanza that enables her to continue passing on the lessons her parents taught her as a young girl. Her dedication to health and wellness comes to life in the many workshops and initiatives implemented in the local community.
Rosalia Diaz Rosado grew up in Los Limoncito, a field in Constanza, Dominican Republic. It was the place where she spent most of her childhood with her parents Elias Diaz Batista and Mencía Rosado Diaz, both of whom have been spending their entire lives dedicated to agriculture. It was not difficult for Rosalia to follow in their footsteps. Afterall, agriculture has been ingrained in her since birth. As a teenager she had her own garden, cultivating a variety of plants and even sold some products with merchants in the area. As she became an adult and in search of more stable employment, it was difficult for her to leave the fields that she treasured so much to become an initial level teacher. Rosalia worked two years for the Children’s Garden School, then became a bank teller, then moved on to becoming an executive secretary, and then worked as a customer service agent. One unexpected day, she became reintroduced to the wonderful world of agriculture through Acción Glocal, a non-profit organization that reawakened the belief that it is possible to live better and the fervent wish for her love of agriculture.
Deanee Rios Gomez serves as the Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Trustee of the Atlantic Climate Justice Alliance, Inc. As a Climate Reality Project Leader with 28 years of experience in the environmental industry, Rios Gomez has received many awards as recognition for her work and consulted elected officials in Puerto Rico and the United States of America. With degrees in Biology from the University of Turabo (Caguas, Puerto Rico) and Communications Research from the University of Puerto Rico (Humacao College), Rios has a strong belief that “everything you see, it was somebody’s dream that became true so keep the good work. Keep dreaming!” She is also a seasoned educator and currently resides in New York City.
Newark SAS Advisory Board
Be the change you’d like to see in the world and become a Newark SAS Advisory Board member. As a Board member, you are actively involved in the decision-making process and contribute to the growth and development of the organization.
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