Ted Caplow, Founder
Ph.D. Columbia (environmental engineering); M.S. Princeton (mechanical and aerospace engineering); B.A. Harvard (sociology)
Dr. Caplow is an engineer and social entrepreneur with a background in renewable energy, sustainable food production, and water contaminant dynamics. A pioneer in the field of building-integrated agriculture, he designed and developed the Science Barge urban farm prototype and patented the Vertically Integrated Greenhouse. He is the founder of New York Sun Works, as well as the urban farming enterprise BrightFarms, and the documentary film group Fish Navy Films. Dr. Caplow serves on the board of NY Sun Works and the Miami Science Museum. His interests include using digital networks to efficiently spur innovation and achieve progress.
Sidsel Robards, Director of Program Development and Events
Born and raised in Denmark, Mrs. Robards enjoyed a long successful career as an international fashion model before retiring to focus on other interests. Her children inspired her to get actively involved in improving education opportunities, which lead her to co-found The Greenhouse Project in 2008. After several years of volunteering Mrs. Robards joined the NYSW staff in 2013 where she is responsible for partnership alliances and the expansion of The Greenhouse Project Initiative to partner schools. She also oversees fundraising events and is the organizations Public Relations liaison.
Nathaniel Coburn, Development and Program Associate
A former line cook, baker, and chef, Nathaniel sought to merge his passions for food and social justice at New York University’s Food Studies program, where his studies primarily focused on food justice and scalable local distribution systems. Upon completion of his graduate work at NYU, Nathaniel worked as a grant writer and contributing reporter for Heritage Radio Network, a non-profit Brooklyn based internet radio station dedicated to food issues. He also worked as a New York City delivery truck driver for The Fresh Connection, transporting CSA shares and local farm produce to restaurants, homes, and institutions throughout the five boroughs.
Lisa Horwitz, Office Intern
J.D. George Washington University Law School; B.A. Barnard College (Biochemistry)
Lisa is an attorney with a background of biotechnology, grant writing, and project management, both in the context of high-end metal fabrication and legal e-discovery. With loves of science, gardening, food, and the environment, she is currently changing her career to align her professional role more closely with her personal values, namely advancing sustainable environmental progress. She is happy to be supporting NY Sun Works’ efforts to educate the next, more sustainably minded, generation.
Tina Wong, Program Integration Consultant
In addition to her role as a consultant at NYSW, Tina is also the Hydroponic Farm Educator at Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship, P.S.208M, an elementary public school in Harlem, New York, where she cultivates an interest in sustainable science and technology in her students. Since starting her urban farming program with NY Sun Works in 2011, Tina has spoken at the Horticultural Society of New York, Green Schools National Conference, Israeli Ministry of Education and more. She received her certification in hydroponics in 2013 at Boswyck Farms. Prior to P.S.208M, she worked at a change management consulting firm as a Project Specialist and Meeting and Event Planner. A native New Yorker, Tina dedicates her personal time in serving her community on numerous volunteer projects as a Team Leader for New York Cares. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Business Administration from Boston University.
Manuela Zamora, Executive Director
Director of Education Programs
M.Ed. Cambridge College; B.A. Universidad Mayor de San Andres (History)
Ms. Zamora is a consultant in gender, education and development. She was born and raised in Bolivia, where she studied history, before earning a Master’s Degree in Education from Cambridge College in 2001. In Bolivia, she was founder of Fundación Carmen, where she created El Dorado: the Route of Fair Trade, a program that promoted sustainable development by training low-income women artisans in production and marketing. Prior to her work with Fundación Carmen, she coordinated the division of cultural events and volunteer programs in the Office of the First Lady of Bolivia. Manuela lives now in New York City with her husband and two children who attend public school. She is one of the founders of The Greenhouse Project.
Ashley King, Greenhouse Project Manager
Ashley King’s background is heavily rooted in hydroponic growing systems and alternative, urban agriculture. While studying bioresource engineering at McGill University, Ms. King worked on a family farm in Massachusetts before joining New York Sun Works’s The Science Barge. Here, Ms. King started as a sustainable systems intern, where she learned the basics of hydroponic agriculture and systems engineering. This cultivated her interest in combining the two fields, agriculture and engineering, in an urban environment. Ms. King was a researcher at The Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas. During her stay she aided the management of their aquaponics system and construction of the system’s expansion.
Karl Nicoleau, Greenhouse Intern
Currently going to enter my last year at the University at Albany as an Environmental Science major. Hopefully by graduation, I’ll have my career plans/life figured out. Until then, I’m just going to try to bring awareness to sustainable living to Queens, NY in my own personal way and style.
Gabriela Krol, Greenhouse Intern
Gabby is a junior at McGill University in Montreal, Canada studying Microbiology with a minor in Human Nutrition. She has always been interested in science and hopes to pursue a career in epidemiology after graduating from McGill. After taking an environment course at McGill she became interested in how the urban environment affects people. She is excited to be a part of NY Sun works and hopes to learn more about sustainable urban farming.
Jasmine Holder, Greenhouse Intern
If anyone ever took a quick glance at my university course schedule I doubt they’d ever fathom up the idea of what I aspire to do. Nor would they see the correlation between my bachelors program (Business Economics at Montclair State University) and my internship/job pursuits. My vision is to inform others on what a magnificent piece of art our bodies & world is & how we may lead a healthy abundant lifestyle through sustainable agricultural methods. Our earth contains the purest and most potent forms of natural healing remedies. I want to help spread a lifestyle that doesn’t isolate or fragment the body into different sections, but instead treats it as a single functioning system that grows in harmonic balance with the growth of our natural rustic world.