Meet the team at New York Sun Works
Ted Caplow, Founder
Ph.D. Columbia (environmental engineering); M.S. Princeton (mechanical and aerospace engineering); B.A. Harvard (sociology)
Formerly a clean energy consultant for Capital-E, LLC, Dr Caplow worked on energy efficiency and carbon offset credits for the California Energy Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy. His environmental expertise also extends to water contaminant dynamics, estuarine dynamics, and effluent management. Ted is Founder of Fish Navy Films which is focused on exploration of aqua-culture and sustainability.
Manuela Zamora, Acting 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.
Sidsel Robards, Director of Program Development and Events
Mrs. Robards is one of the founders of The Greenhouse Project. Her main focus include fundraising and events management. In addition, she coordinates the expansion of The Greenhouse Project to other schools, and collaborates with other staff on curriculum development.
Prior to The Greenhouse Project, Mrs. Robards enjoyed a successful career working as an international model. Born and raised in Denmark, she now lives in New York City with her husband and their children, who attend public school.
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.
Emily Stephenson, Development and Program Associate
Originally from Chicago, Emily Stephenson always had a love for food and cooking, which led to teaching herself more about sustainability. She studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and after graduating, looked for a job that would allow her to combine her two passions: politics and food. She moved to New York City to work for a national sustainable agriculture organization where she began to develop fundraising and program management skills. Through her work there, she realized that youth education is the most effective way to make an impact, and is very excited to join the New York Sun Works team and promote their mission of science education in New York City through urban farming.
Junnan Liao, Marketing Intern
M.A Integrated Marketing Communication( New York Institute of Technology)
B.S Marketing ( Beijing Technology and Business University)
Mr.Liao was formerly a full time education consultant in a top consulting firm based in Beijing, China. He also founded the private education consulting organization “NAN” in New York City for individual clients services. In the past couple of years, Mr.Liao engaged in major educational booms when China was sending huge numbers of students abroad and successfully launched effective marketing campaigns for various distinguished clients. With strong interest in Public Relation, Advertising and Branding, Mr.Liao moved to New York City for his Master’s degree in Marketing Communication in New York Institute Technology. Working with the New York Sun Works as an intern , Junnan makes full use of the best platform where he could contribute his education consulting skills to science education in NY, while getting hands-on experiences on how to monitor multi social media sites and learning about in-house public relation skills.