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Raymond Figueroa

President, NYC Community Garden Coalition

Ray is Director of Social-Ecological Community Development Projects at FRIENDS OF BROOK PARK, where he engages court-adjudicated youth and formerly-incarcerated youth from the South Bronx in the flagship Youth Community Farm Project as part of an Alternatives-to-Incarceration Program known as SOUTH BRONX COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS (SBCC). Ray is also President of the NEW YORK CITY COMMUNITY GARDEN COALITION, where he is actively involved in multiple public policy advocacy and community organizing efforts to improve the regulatory protections for community gardens and to have them permanently preserved from private/for-profit real estate development. He’s served as an urban agriculture advisor to the NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL’s 2013 Report: Food-Works: A Vision to Improve New York City’s Food System and currently serves on the City’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Urban Agriculture. Ray has helped Brook Park’s South Bronx Community of Mott Haven secure $300 thousand dollars for the development of a solar-powered food-production greenhouse on NYCHA public housing land through an innovative local government initiative known as Participatory Budgeting. Ray is the EARTH DAY-NEW YORK & NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL – NYC 2014 Environmental Advocate of the Year and a co-recipient of the Innovator Award from the CORNELL UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT.