17342727_10203274928632101_4995279842643197712_nAndrée Collier Zaleska, Founder and Director, is the mother of two teen boys, a climate activist, and an urban gardener. She has fifteen years of community organizing experience. She spent her 20s teaching and creating camps for youth and adults.

Andrée is the co-founder and owner of JP Green House, an energy positive urban homestead, and the nonprofit which created JP Green School.  JP Green House is a demonstration home for low-carbon living, a center for the study of sustainability, and a local hub for the climate movement.

Kannan Thiruvengadam, Co-Founder and Director, is a permaculture-certified technologist. He believes we can use our intelligence and modern technology carefully and consciously to work with nature in order to heal our ecosystems and nourish ourselves. 24831444_10156914442690558_4980522873145804722_o

In the US, he works on eco-friendly food growth practices in the urban setting and on education. He runs Eastie Farm, a non-profit organization whose mission is community resiliency, and co-directs JP Green School. He hosts What’s up Eastie? on Zumix Radio, a show about hot topics of East Boston, a dynamic and diverse Boston neighborhood on the water and therefore on the frontline of climate change. He is also a Climate Ready Boston leader.

Kannan spends part of his year in India, where he supports and guides alternate school systems and promotes the participation of urban youth in agriculture.