Board of Directors & Staff

The Board of Directors is AUA’s governing body, setting vision and policy for the organization.  The Board charts a course for organizational development and approves Working Group descriptions and annual work plans.  Board Meetings are held every month at varying locations, typically in downtown Chicago.  Click here for meeting information.


Active Board Members & Organizational Affiliations

Harry Rhodes, President – Growing Home

Robert Nevel, Vice President – Robert Nevel Architect and KAM Isaiah Israel

Leah Lawson, Secretary – FamilyFarmed

Elvia Rodriguez Ochoa, Treasurer – Openlands

Patsy Benveniste – Chicago Botanic Garden

Martha Boyd – Angelic Organics Learning Center

Jaime Guerrero – Schurz High School Food Science Lab

Angela Taylor – Garfield Park Community Council

Darius Jones – Garfield Produce Company


Laura Calvert, Executive Director

Nick Lucas, Programs Manager