Rooftop Farm at Hunters Point South

Rooftop Farm at Hunters Point South

Our Team

Marcel Van Ooyen
CEO, GrowNYC

Prior to joining GrowNYC, Marcel was the Legislative Director for the New York City Council where he ensured the passage of over 30 environmental local laws. Marcel has led the way to make GrowNYC the national model for urban sustainability organizations, creating innovative programs like Youthmarket farm stands, Greenmarket Co’s Food HubFood Stamp in the Farmers Markets, and Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative.

David Hurd
Recycling, Waste Reduction, and Composting

With 32 years of experience, David is a nationally recognized expert in recycling program and market development, and community-based recycling enterprise initiatives. As Associate Director of Bronx 2000, David managed the operations of several recycling businesses, and sold millions of pounds of recycled materials in national and international markets.

Michael Hurwitz
Food Systems, Farming, and Markets

Michael directs Greenmarket, the country’s largest farmers market program where he oversees over 50 farmers markets, 11 Youthmarket farmstands and NYC’s only wholesale farmers market. Prior to coming to GrowNYC, Michael co-founded Added Value & Herban Solutions, Inc., a nonprofit organization promoting sustainable development in South Brooklyn through a nationally recognized urban farm program.

Gerard Lordahl
Open Space Greening, Gardening, Rooftop Gardens, and Horticulture

With over 30 years of experience in urban and community gardening, Gerard currently leads a dedicated team of city-wide environmental professionals who design, maintain and coordinate services for hundreds of community, school, and roof-top garden projects each year.