Michelle Dobbs, Executive Director
I am the owner of Sugarfoot, a consulting house specializing in Creativity, Community, and Culture. My professional experience spans working as an educator, nonprofit executive, author, and playwright and I have a degree in Communications and French from Howard University.
In pursuit of unearthing my family narrative, I began living the foodways and pathways of my people. I traveled to Senegal, the Gulf of Mexico, The Shawnee National Forest and The Badlands of South Dakota to explore and live my culture that it may be known and preserved. This search gave birth to my first novel, The Rock Island Line: Conversations over Chicken and Dumplings. As well as a play based on the novel, JUST A CONVERSATION OVER CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS, which was produced in the spring of 2019.
In addition to writing and consulting, I am an ardent foodie who raises vegetables, fruit, nuts and herbs at home with my husband, daughters, cats, dog and four chickens. I blog about all of it at thanksamen.wordpress.com/.
Alex Hunter, Compost Assistant
Alex Hunter is the compost assistant at our Victory Garden Urban Farm. Growing up in Waukegan, he learned how to work in the garden, yard and nursery alongside his parents who run a small landscaping business. Working the compost pile was always a fascination of his. He loved seeing firsthand the process of decomposition and the alchemical magic it worked when applied to the nursery stock and garden. Alex purchased a home with his partner in the spring of 2019 near VGI’s urban farm. He has been honing his composting skills in their new yard and is excited to now be working the pile for a sustainable local food network.
Lexie Mullhern, Blitz Coordinator
Meet our new Blitz Coordinator, Lexie! Lexie currently works as a Team Leader with City Year at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts as well as at VGI. Having interned at VGI with the Blitz program in 2019 and serving as a volunteer and volunteered for event in 2020, Lexie was excited to step in to help run the event in its 13th year! With the Blitz quickly approaching, she has been hard at work connecting with our amazing partners and volunteers to get everything squared away.
Aaron Wynn, Farm Manager
Aaron comes to VGI with 18+ years experience as a farm manager in both vegetable and hemp production. Originally from Milwaukee, Aaron spent many years out in Colorado and California managing hemp farms before returning to Milwaukee to begin his own farm business. He joined VGI in 2020 as the new Farm Manager and is looking forward to giving food away for free to the community and helping build an equitable food system in Harambee.