Our Team

Mill City Grows is a small nonprofit organization in our 8th year of operation. 

EXECUTIVE TEAM
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Jessica Moore Wilson, Executive Director
Jessica has worked in non-profit administration and fundraising for over 15 years, with a strong focus on writing and communications. Jessica holds a BA in Communications from UMass Amherst and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. Prior to joining the staff of Mill City Grows in 2016, Jessica was a founding member of Mill City Grows’ Board of Directors. She loves gardening with her husband Peter, and is particularly proud of her Swiss chard. She is also the loving mom of her daughter River, who’s being raised on local veggies. You can reach Jessica at Jessica[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Francey Slater

Francey Slater
Co-Founder / Director of Special Campaigns
Francey is a seasoned educator and gardener. She has focused on garden education program development; designing, building, and coordinating physical gardens; cultivating volunteer participation; and establishing partnerships to leverage resources to support community health and wellness.  You can reach Francey at Francey[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Alison Jacobs, Director of Programs
Originally from Springfield, MA, Ali has been an operations and project manager for over a decade. She started her career in agriculture in New York City where she lived for many years and helped found and develop community gardens, urban farms,  and other food justice projects. She comes to Mill City Grows after managing a large organic farm in Western Mass. Ali can be reached at Ali[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.


FOOD ACCESS TEAM
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Brian Mariano
Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market 

Originally from Massachusetts, Brian began his career working in television, film and video after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He worked on the soap opera Guiding Light and most recently, as a Visual Effects Editor at Zero VFX here in Boston. Reading book after book about food and farms, it became clear a career shift was in order. He is relatively new to farm work, but is thrilled to learn the ropes from MCG, an organization that shares his belief that good, local food is the best way to positively effect our health and community. Outside of work, Brian loves running, climbing, skiing, cooking, and singing karaoke, especially oldies. You can reach Brian at Brian[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Nikki TolaniNikki Tolani
Assistant Manager, Urban Farm & Mobile Market
Originally from Singapore, Nikki is excited to be able to join the 
food justice movement in Lowell! She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Human Services with a food sustainability minor at Northeastern University. Nikki developed her passion for growing fresh, local food when she started volunteering with several food justice non profits in Boston. Since then, she has been eager to learn more about urban farming, so she is thrilled to be apart of Mill City Grow’s farm team. Nikki can be reached at Nikki[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Maddie Grant
Urban Farm & Food Access Coordinator
Maddie was raised in New York City and went to Williams College in the Berkshires. At Williams, she studied Geosciences and developed a love for science and environmental education. Following her lifelong passion for growing plants and being outdoors, she has spent her summers working in horticultural gardens on community farms where she was exposed to the exciting work of food justice. Maddie is thrilled to combine her passion for science communication, education, and food justice in her work at Mill City Grows. She joined the Farm and Market team in 2019 after completing a year as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Member at Mill City Grows. Maddie can be reached at Maddie[at]millcitygrows[dot]org. 


EDUCATION TEAM


Giuliana CappucciGiuliana Cappucci, Education Manager
Giuliana Cappucci has worked in the food justice system in Lowell for about five years and is very excited to continue her work at Mill City Grows, following two years as an AmeriCorps/FoodCorps Service Member. As Education Manager, Giuliana leads all farm and food education programs. She believes that any child should have equitable access to nutritious, locally grown food, and have an understanding of where food comes from. Giuliana can be reached at Giuliana[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Macayla Cote, School Gardens Coordinator
Born and raised in Lowell, Macayla is excited to continue her journey in the local food movement working with MCG’s Education Team. She started with Mill City Grows as a youth J-Squad member in 2016 where she quickly recognized her passion for urban farming. Macayla completed her associates degree at Middlesex Community College in 2019, and plans on studying Environmental Science. Macayla hopes to inspire all youth to spend their day on a farm to cultivate a strong connection with food justice, and of course, to get dirty! You can reach Macayla at Macayla[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.
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Maggie Nowak, Lowell Farm to School Manager
A Chicagoland native, Maggie brings her commitment to food justice, environmental sustainability, and urban farming to Mill City Grows! Maggie graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2016 with a focus on food, faith, and social change. She worked for over 3 years in Providence, RI, teaching high school and college students how to grow food and build a more equitable food system. When she is not tending to her garden or whittling a spoon, Maggie loves hiking, embroidering, and fostering community at Harvard University’s Leverett House where she and her husband are residential tutors. You can reach Maggie at Margaret[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.


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Haela Booth-Howe, FoodCorps Service Member
Haela was born and raised in Maine and attended Stonehill College where she received a B.S. in Health Sciences. Since graduating, she spent a year in the Dominican Republic as part of the Stonehill Service Corps, where she taught English to preschool – first graders. Her passion for exploring new cultures through the lens of food lead her to job-shadowing a Nutritionist in the coffee region of Colombia and interning with a plant-based chef on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica. Haela believes all children should know where their food comes from and have access to locally grown, organic food. She is thrilled to be part of the MCG team and immerse herself in the Lowell community. This is Haela’s second term serving as a Food Corps Service Member. Haela can be reached at Haela[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.
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Maggie Acosta, FoodCorps Service Member
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Maggie (Mags)  and her family moved to Lowell 11 years ago with the hope of a new future. Mags graduated from Greater Lowell Technical High School, where she earned certification as a Medical Assistant. Mags is now a full time student at Middlesex Community College, pursuing her Associates Degree in Biology. After working as a Medical Assistant at two medical facilities, Mags has switched gears and joined MCG as a FoodCorps Service Member. Through this position, Mags works to communicate the importance of intentional living, community, and health! She is passionate about children and their development, and believes everyone has the right to access nutritious foods and have these supplied in abundance. You can reach Mags at Mags[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.


COMMUNITY PROGRAMS TEAM


Enrique Vargas, Gardens Manager
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Enrique first came to Lowell in 2001 because of his passion for music, which led him to earn a degree in Sound Recording Technology from UMass Lowell. His passion for community and social justice lead him to Mill City Grows, first as a member of the Farm and Mobile Market team, and more recently as the manager of the Community Program.  In his spare time, Enrique loves to collect records and books and talk about soccer and baseball stats. You can reach Enrique at Enrique[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM


Solimar Berrios, Head of Office Operations
As Mill City Grows’ Head of Office Operations, Solimar touches all aspects of programming and administration at MCG headquarters. Though she grew up in Lowell, Solimar spent much of her adult life living, studying, and working in Puerto Rico, where she acquired a wealth of human resource, administration, and office management experience. Solimar has an identical twin sister, is passionate about chocolate, and is mother to two beautiful daughters. You can reach Solimar at Solimar[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Kerri Keeler, Development Associate
A current resident of Lowell, Kerri’s volunteer work both here in the U.S. and for a children’s home in Honduras sparked a love of working in the nonprofit world.  After years of diverse experience in a corporate career, she is putting her expertise and passion to work for Mill City Grows.  Drawing on her talents in marketing and connecting with donors, along with gardening, beekeeping, and working with children, Kerri is thrilled to give back to her community through MCG. Her hobbies include travel, hiking, gardening, and working on DIY projects in her bungalow home. Kerri can be reached at Kerri[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.

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Suzzanne Cromwell
Marketing & Publicity Coordinator

Originally from Houston, Texas, Suzzanne’s work experience includes over 20 years at the Boston Museum of Science and 15 years with The Walt Disney Company.  She worked 8 years at the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and was a founding member of Mill City Grows’ Board of Directors before joining the MCG team. An avid foodie, music hound, and rabid cinephile, Suzzanne co-founded The Lowell Film Collaborative with her movie-loving husband, Brett. You can reach Suzzanne at Suzz[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.
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Dai Kim, Outreach Volunteer Operations Manager
Born in North Carolina, Dai (dye) has called Lowell home for the past 25+ years. His humble beginnings with Mill City Grows started with the management of their Mobile Market Program from 2016-2018. After exploring opportunities in corporate philanthropy and corporate marketing, he rejoined MCG with a new sense of duty. He is bound by the idea that we all have a commitment to community, and believes that advocating for a socially just food system starts with your village, and for him, that’s Lowell. Dai can be reached at Dai[at]millcitygrows[dot]org.