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Our Team


Ian Evans

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz

Ciana Perez




Ian Evans is a fourth generation Brooklynite who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Sustainability with a Minor in Health and Nutrition. He is an urban farmer who transformed his Brooklyn backyard into a permaculture garden space that has seven hens. He turned his love of nature and animals into a productive hobby. As well as having a background in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and vocational training in plumbing and electrical maintenance. He is an intellectual who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Ian works in food justice to address food deserts and do his part in reversing climate change.

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz, a Puerto Rican/ Ecuadorian, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has been an outspoken advocate for social and environmental equity since childhood. Gabriela has conducted scientific research in Conservation Biology and Food Justice with the American Museum of Natural History and the Mellon Transfer Student Research Program at Brooklyn College. She has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society as a docent/educator, and more recently, with the Environmental Education Program at Wave Hill Public Garden. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communications in the CUNY BA program.

Ciana Perez was born in Dallas, Texas. Since childhood, she dreamed of being a scientist and an educator. Ciana is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a focus in renewable energy at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She interned with Syracuse University's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. Her goal is to make solar panels more affordable and readily available for the masses.


Community Outreach

Moustafa Machaal

Moustafa is a primitive skill instructor who loves the outdoors. Building is where Moustafa most feels in his element. He can apply his unique brand of problem solving skills to build the impossible. His industrious work ethic and entertaining personality make him an irreplaceable member of our team.

Advisory Board


Dr. Rosalina Diaz

Dr. Diaz has taught Anthropology, Education and Women’s Studies
with the City University of New York for over 20 years. She served as Supervising
Anthropology Instructor for the world renowned American Museum of Natural History.
She received her doctorate in Urban Education with a minor in Anthropology from the
CUNY Graduate Center in 2006. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of
Anthropology at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, where she focuses on culturally
responsive teaching practices. She has written several articles, books and chapters on
the subject of multicultural education, gender and indigeneity. Her most recent research
on the Taino, “El Grito de Caguana”, was published in 'O Brave New World:' The
Archaeology of Identity in Contexts of Dissonance, In D. F. George and B. Kurchin
(Eds.), University of Florida Press, 2019.

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