Adam Brock is a Denver native and a graduate of East High and NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Ecological Design. He has been active as an urban agriculture practitioner and advocate since 2008 and is trained as a permaculture designer and teacher. Adam collaborates with numerous sustainability- and social justice-oriented groups in the Front Range and is a member of Denver's Sustainable Food Policy Council. Adam was one of the co-founders of The GrowHaus and currently serves as its Adviser of Strategic Planning, overseeing educational programming, community outreach, and strategic partnerships.
Ashara Ekundayo is a cultural strategist and connector of the urban landscape. She has served as a catalyst, curator, educator, and producer for more than 24 years. Considered a thought-leader and strategic executor, she honed her business skills in the non-profit sector and is often found moderating or presenting forums exploring the intersections of sustainable design, money and meaning. As a consultant she works with organizations to build capacity for increased community engagement through the uses of creative arts practice, exhibition, and project management. A certified permaculture designer, serial social entrepreneur, and lifetime activist committed to social justice, Ashara has supported individuals and companies in the redesign of their brand and marketing strategies using a myriad of tools and practices. Her many interests and talents have gained her the loving title of "Jedi" by her peers and clients.
Selected by the Ashoka Foundation as a social innovtor "stimulating the green economy", Ashara works as a sustainability mentor by designing innovative curriculum and programing to support transformative healing in communities around the world. She was hired by the U.S. Department of State to help implement their first Professional Fellowship in Food Security, is a fellow with Green for All, and is a co-founder of the GrowHaus. She combines her passion for food, art and technology to increase the dialogue on regenerative design and has shared her vision for cultural equity at conferences such as SOCAP, SXSW, and The World Forum.
Most recently Ashara is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Impact Hub Oakland, LLC, an innovation collaboratory & co-working space for social entrepreneurs engaged in building a just society through business development. She is also the curator for Omi Gallery, a visual and sound arts venue located in Oakland and San Francisco.
A Denver native, Coby Gould's background is in food systems, environmental education and permaculture. He holds a degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Environmental Ethics from The University of Colorado, Boulder. Coby spent time exploring community development in Cape Town, South Africa; gained training in landscape architecture at The Harvard Graduate School of Design; and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate. Coby has taught Environmental Education and Food Justice to low-income youth, and has worked as facilitator and program director for Seeking Common Ground, a local non-profit that brings together Israeli, Palestinian and American youth for dialogue.
With 18 years of experience organizing national, regional, and local community stakeholders using models which support federal, state, and local mandates, Kendra Sandoval specializes in bridging the gap between policy, sustainability, and community.
Kendra's tactical experience includes business model implementation, project management, and program leadership experience. She consistently advises and reports to executives on strategy, planning, resource allocation, innovation, compliance, budgeting and operational matters. Kendra is experienced in complex government/community integration and transitional urban planning and has lead high value business teams and projects for urban and community development including community capacity building, sustainability programming, and local food systems development.
Paul Tamburello is a commercial real estate developer whose name has become synonymous with creative design and transformative, value-driven development in Denver neighborhoods. A building with Paul's stamp on it is sure to be one that is thoughtfully integrated into an existing neighborhood, enhancing the community by keeping the needs of its residents top of mind throughout the development process. Paul owns Little Man Ice Cream and has developed and consulted on several well-known projects around the city including Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Hostel Fish, Highland Lofts and LoHi Marketplace. The GrowHaus is a project close to Paul's heart and may be less well known then his other endeavors, one founded on the principle that healthy food is a right, not a privilege. From day one, co-founders Paul and Ashara Ekundayo vowed to keep their vision at the organization's core, that all communities should have the means to nourish themselves through a food system with an emphasis on local education, job creation, production and distribution. With that vision leading the way, and a brilliant team of dedicated staff members, The GrowHaus has been thriving and growing exponentially since its doors opened in 2009. With The GrowHaus as with other projects, Paul's mission is simple; develop buildings that will endure for residents, visitors, and the community at large; assemble a talented and visionary team, and then provide them with the tools, resources, and support to execute that vision. Paul's formula for success is straightforward: communicate through every challenge, make every effort to deliver on time, and work to never overlook the details, nor the best interests of the community.