OUR TEAM:

From naturalists to film makers, educators to designers, our staff is comprised of experts from many different fields under a common purpose; connecting people to the natural environment.

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Jeanne DuPont, Executive Director

As Founder & Executive Director of RWA, Jeanne has worked closely with the Rockaway community and city agencies in developing strategies to redevelop large stretches of neglected waterfront in the Rockaways. Much of her work has involved utilizing the waterfront itself through programming and advocacy with youth to protect public waterfront access. Jeanne has a Masters Degree in Design from Yale University.


 

Ana Fisyak, Deputy Director for Planning & Development

As an urban planner dedicated to a community-based approach, Ana has previous years experience doing community advocacy and technical assistant provision for New York City communities. Before joining RWA, Ana was a planner at WXY Architecture & Urban Design where she worked on the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan. She is  a public space advocate and co-edited Beyond Zuccotti Park (New Village Press, 2012) and curated From Zuccotti to Taksim: Negotiating the Right to the City through Public Space (Pratt, 2013). Ana has a Masters Degree in Science/City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute. 


 

Judah Asimov, External Affairs Manager

Judah has been involved in working on political campaigns and government relations prior to joining RWA. He has been putting his skills to work doing public outreach and coordination with local individuals and organizations in the Rockaways to promote RWA & RISE Programs as well as collaboration with local  youth on planning work associated with Project Underway. Judah has a Bachelors Degree in Comparative Government from Wesleyan University. 


 

Juli Schroeger, Youth Program Coordinator

Juli has extensive experience in marine science and environmental education. For several years, she worked as a PADI scuba instructor in North Carolina and the Dutch Caribbean, where she also conducted research on coral reef ecology and the design of marine reserves. Before joining RWA, she worked as an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Queens. Juli is passionate about marine conservation and education. She believes that the New York coastline is an invaluable resource for fostering a deeper connection between local youth and their environment. Juli has a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. 


 

Daniel Borrero, Youth Leadership Administrator

Daniel has been involved in RWA programming since 2010 when he was in high school. During his time with RWA he took part in many of RWA's urban planning and community development projects which fostered his interest in environmental studies and urban planning. Participating in RWA's various programs have helped him grow as a person, and learn much about the natural environment in Rockaway. In his current position, Daniel oversees the administration and youth leadership training for all Shore Corps youth members to ensure they are as excited and engaged as he was when as a student in the program. Daniel has a Bachelor's Degree from NYU in Urban Design and Architecture.


 

Keza Lawrence, Administrative Manager

Keza is the newest member of the RWA staff. Keza comes from the Healthcare industry where she worked in the health system assisting the elderly for several years. She has a passion for working to help improve her community and gives back as much as she can through outreach programs. Keza has a Bachelor's Degree in Healthcare Administration / Human Resources Management from Ashford University.


 

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton, Culinary Educator/ Farmshare Chef

Tiffany Bryant-Fulton teaches youth in the Shore Corps Program and community members in the RISE Farm Share fun, easy, and healthy recipes using the fresh produce from the weekly Farmshare. Come by any Wednesday to see her teaching the students to prepare scrumptious food for the community. 

Tiffany is a personal chef who owns her own culinary business in Long Island called, "More Please". She graduated in 2016 from Star Career Academy with a certificate in Culinary Arts. Shortly after, she began working in such restaurants as The View Grill and Hush Bistro before deciding to venture out on her own. She has worked with Cocusocial assisting in teaching adults how to cook in specialized cooking classes, while also catering intimate events. Her cooking style is focused on creating savory favorites with a healthy spin! 

 


 

Indy Li, Community Programs Coordinator

Indy joins the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance after several years of coordinating civic engagement initiatives and in her spare time, working on an urban farm in Upstate New York. Indy has a passion for connecting people to their food and inspiring others to become active food citizens. At RWA, she oversees the RISE Farm Share, Food Rx program and other community programs. Indy graduated from Binghamton University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences and a Master's Degree in Biomedical Anthropology.


 

Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.