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.
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.
Matt Weisberg, Greenhouse Systems Manager
B.S. Computational Biology, Brown University
Matt is so excited to be working at NY Sun Works. NYSW’s programming combines his love for hands-on education, sustainable design, social equality and good food. As a teacher aboard the Cell Motion BioBus, Matt has seen the amazing creativity and energy that students bring to project-based learning experiences. He is thrilled to be building systems that will help students, and their classrooms, to grow and flourish.
Sidsel Robards, Director, 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.
Jennifer Prescott, School Liaison & Program Support
As a Sustainability Coordinator, Jennifer has implemented recycling systems, Waste Awareness and reduction programs, indoor air quality and energy conservation education, and co-founded the D3 Green Schools Group Composting Pilot on NYC’s upper west side. The 2012 Cafeteria Waste Composting pilot was adopted and expanded by New York City Dept.(s) of Sanitation & Education and continues to be established citywide. As a Green consultant Jennifer assists to influence the design choices for interior product & décor as well as building materials, heating/cooling options, and water systems.
Jennifer is a New York University Graduate.
Lisette C. Tiburcio, Volunteer and Internship Coordinator
Lis is a graduate of SUNY Morrisville with a AAS Degree in Horticulture. She started out as an intern at the NYBG working hand in hand with their Gardeners at their Propagation Range; also a “John Nally” intern at Wave Hill Gardens where she worked in all their feature Gardens with their Gardeners, worked indoors Plantscaping and as a Horticultural Technician for Horticultural Creations. Lis then pursued her studies to achieve a Horticultural Therapy Certification at the NYBG. She first joined NY Sun Works in 2012 as an intern assisting the teachers and helping students as well as interns in learning more about the Horticultural part of Hydroponics. Now she helps maintain greenhouse project labs, and co-ordinates NYSW interns and volunteers. She is excited about her new position at NYSW where she hope to continue learning and sharing her knowledge.