Our Team

Our team consists of a great group of creative professionals that have a passion for our purpose with unique talents that propel our mission forward. 

Executive Team

Donzell Brown Jr.,
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Donzell has more than 20 years of political, community, and executive experiences working in and with leadership to accomplish ambitious goals for the common good of the communities of Baltimore, and the nation. From Capitol Hill to the streets of Baltimore, he has organized, fundraised, and created coalitions to influence growth in multiple sectors of the public wellbeing. As a Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Donzell is committed to the comprehensive approach to improving the lives of citizens in Baltimore. He also has experience working with farms and several nonprofit organizations in the city. He is a graduate of St. Vincent College.

Rona Kobell
President of the Board & Co-Founder

Rona spent nine years at the Baltimore Sun and then eight at the Chesapeake Bay Journal, the country’s largest environmental newspaper. She has taught at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she is pursuing a Master’s of the Arts. She is also a writer and editor at Maryland Sea Grant, part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Rona has written several reports for the Abell Foundation, two of which had a key role in legalizing industrial hemp in Maryland. She has freelanced extensively for national publications. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Board Members

Frederick Tutman

Fred is the Riverkeeper for the Patuxent River, an organization protecting Maryland’s longest river. His work stretches from suburban Howard County to Southern Maryland. His work has focused on environmental justice, particularly power plants and developers and the scars their pollution leaves. Fred serves on the board of the Environmental Integrity Project, as a governor-appointed Commissioner on the State’s Patuxent River Commission, and on the board of Waterkeeper Alliance. Fred is an adjunct instructor at historic St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he teaches an upper level environmental law course. He is an avid kayaker and backpacker. A former television journalist, his family has owned farmland along the Patuxent for a century. 

Wyman Jones Jr.

Wyman is a filmmaker and journalist. He recently graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in multi-platform production. Wyman is the director of several short films, including two for Maryland Sea Grant: Planting the Future, about community gardens, and Smithville, about a Black community on the Eastern Shore that’s on the verge of losing its cemetery because of climate change and sea level rise. He lives and works in Baltimore.

Eric Schott

Eric  has been a research assistant professor for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science since 2010. He received his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University Medical School. Schott has been working at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Since for more than two decades, and is now based at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in the Columbus Center. Dr. Schott is active in science education and watershed preservation, and has served on the boards of related nonprofits since 2006. Over the summer of 2016 he hosted local high school teachers learning about biodiversity in Baltimore Harbor and mentored a high school intern who studied blue crab health. He collaborates with numerous researchers and stakeholders, applying molecular methods to monitor the health and biodiversity of Baltimore Harbor. 

Bernard Warren, MPA

Bernard Warren is the inaugural executive director of Clergy United for the Transformation of Sandtown (CUTS), a community development corporation dedicated to improving the lives of residents by restoring, and renovating the Sandtown-Winchester Community . He has served as a consultant advising hospitals and health care centers. He is the managing director of Bernard Warren Associates, management consulting firm providing planning, training, and organizational development to nonprofit and for profit organizations.