Amelia Rose has over a decade of non-profit and community organizing experience. She most recently worked at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island for 6 years where she oversaw programs and campaigns related to community involvement in brownfield cleanups, stormwater and climate change resiliency, healthy food access, and many other issues. She has served as Chair of the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force for 4 years, helping in the creation of Providence’s first Sustainability Action Plan. Originally from Northern Virginia, Amelia previously worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Washington Interfaith Network in Washington, D.C., and Toxics Action Center in Boston. Always interested in and committed to economic and social justice, as well as environmental sustainability, Amelia currently oversees Groundwork’s adult job training programs, which strive to provide opportunities for community members who face poverty and barriers to employment to find economic opportunity in the environmental sector. Amelia’s hope for all of Groundwork’s programs is to help people see connections between their everyday lives and the larger environmental risks and opportunities that impact themselves and their families.
Director of Field Operations
Steve Ricci is an experienced Landscape Designer and lifelong Rhode Island resident. Steve graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree of Landscape Architecture as well as a Degree in Community Planning. While completing his degrees, Steve worked as a landscape contractor and koi pond designer and builder. Upon completion of college, Steve owned his own design/build landscape construction business as well as worked for a nursery as a manager, salesman, and designer. Steve has designed and installed both commercial and residential projects throughout the state including rain gardens, patios, native planting designs, and landscape structures. Steve has a passion for organic and sustainable methods in agriculture, fertilization, and pest control. At Groundwork, Steve runs the GroundCorp landscaping program and oversees our community garden, tree nursery, farm and all landscaping and green infrastructure work. Steve prides himself on overseeing all aspects of the design and construction process from start to finish.
Amanda Baez has always been passionate about the environment, specifically conservation and education. Amanda graduated from the University of Connecticut (UConn) with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Natural Resources with a concentration in Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation. Upon graduation she spent time in Panama researching how plant species adapt to living outside of their natural environment. Originally from The Bronx, NY she understands the importance in fostering a young person’s connection with the environment around them. Amanda was most recently an outdoor educator for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston, MA. There, she worked with youth from Boston public schools and the greater Boston area delivering science curriculum, team building and character building courses. At Groundwork, Amanda serves as Program Coordinator, overseeing environmental education at Groundwork’s green house, community garden, and tree nursery. She organizes community visits and volunteers for those sites and oversees Groundwork’s high school youth Green Team. Amanda has a passion for generating excitement in young people about their environment and the importance of taking care of it for future generations. Her primary goal is to foster a sense of wonder and curiosity among youth living in RI’s urban communities.