UFI Staff Team
  1. Managing Director
    Patricia E. Spence
    Executive Director
  2. Managing Director
    Jerel Ferguson
    Volunteer & Youth Education Coordinator
  3. Managing Director
    Tristram Keefe
    Farm Enterprise Manager
  4. Managing Director
    Bobby Walker
    Farm Training Manager
  5. Managing Director
    Nataka S. Crayton
    Operations Manager
  6. Managing Director
    Linda Palmer
  7. Managing Director
    Mcdee Okafo
  8. Managing Director
    Christ Mables
    Assistant Farmer
Meet the Board
Klare Shaw is the Special Advisor to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, after spending 10 years as a Barr Foundation Senior Associate.  Ms. Shaw is an experienced philanthropy professional with 25 years in public, corporate, and private grant making, nonprofit organizational development, program design, building community and capacity. 

Her skills include a proven ability to articulate best practices, push systemic solutions in education and arts, and communicate with varied constituencies.  She has been endowed with the honor of receiving The Massachusetts Association of School Committees Community Leader for Public Education Award 2011, the Boston Center for the Arts Arts Champion Award 2011, and the Discover Roxbury Puddingstone Award 2010.
Klare Shaw
Executive Director Minority Business Enterprise Initiative at Eastern Bank. After serving over 20 years as Co-Founder and CEO of City Fresh Foods, Inc. brought his extensive experience growing businesses and in food sustainability to his former role as Managing Director of Boston Impact Initiative. Mr. Llyod, has served on several boards including the Red Tomato, The Food Project, Dorchester 4 Corners Association and most recently on the Boston Mayor’s Food Council. He is currently a Fellow at Boston Rising, an anti-poverty initiative of the Ethos Foundation and on the Advisory Board Lead Boston—an organization that focuses on social justice. Mr. Lloyd is also co-founder and interim Chief Executive Officer of City Growers, LLC.
Glynn Llyod
"I am convinced that the real challenge and opportunity of the urban farming movement is persuading, encouraging, enticing, and facilitating more urban dwellers to grow their own food."
Christopher Muhammad
Vice President
Director of Operations at Community Servings. Brother Christopher is an early and continuous member of the UFI Board, having served on the working committee since its inception.  Chris Muhammed has been working at Community Servings for nearly 20 years, where he has been instrumental in its operational expansion. Chris will bring his extensive operations experience to the Board. 
Dave Madan, works as a real estate developer with Boston Investments, and is the founder and executive director of theMOVE, an urban sustainability education nonprofit. He additionally serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees of the UUSC, an international human rights nonprofit based in Cambridge. Dave graduated in 2005 from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in business and urban planning.

Jennifer Hashley, is the Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project in Lowell Mass.  New Entry trains farmers in the business and practice of farming. Jennifer teaches in the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Agriculture Food and the Environment Program.  Jennifer also runs an organic pastured poultry operation.  Jennifer will bring her extensive farming and farmer training expertise to the Board.

Greg Maslowe, is the Farm Manager of Newton Community Farm (NCF). He has managed NCF since its inception in the spring of 2006. Before coming to NCF, Greg was a doctoral student in Boston University’s Science, Philosophy and Religion interdisciplinary program. His research focused on the ethics of genetically modified crops. He took a terminal Masters degree when he left the program to farm full time. Greg also has a Masters of Theological Study from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in systematic and philosophical theology. He lives at NCF with his wife and two children.

Mel King, Founder and Director of the South End Technology Center. Mr. King has been active across the landscape of neighborhoods and politics of Boston for over 55 years as an educator, youth worker, social activist, community organizer, elected official, and author.  As an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a pioneer of Boston’s community gardening effort, Mr. King is responsible for creating a number of community programs and institutions for low-income people in Boston.  The Mel King Institute was recently founded in his name to bring community development professionals and volunteers the skills they need to be effective in their positions in the community.

Greg Watson, is the Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Greg Watson has spent nearly 40 years working in the new economics field and to understand of systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller. He is the Director of Policy and Systems Design at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics where he founded the Cuba-U.S. Agroecology Network. He currently serves on the boards of CommonWealth Kitchen and the Urban Farming Institute, both in Boston, Massachusetts.
Previously, he served as Commissioner of Agriculture in Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick and as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. During the Patrick administration, he worked to launch a statewide urban-agriculture grants program and chaired the Commonwealth’s Public Market Commission, which oversaw the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market. He chaired the Massachusetts Food Policy Council. Watson has also served as Assistant Secretary for Science and Technology with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Affairs; Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Centers of Excellence Corporation; and as Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative where he made urban agriculture a major focus of the community's revitalization plan. Greg also served on President-elect Obama’s transition team for the U.S. Department of Energy; as Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs; and at the New Alchemy Institute on Cape Cod, first as Education Director and later as Executive Director. Greg currently resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Gerald Cox, a management consultant for over thirty years, prior to which he was a senior consultant with the international consulting firm, Hay Group/McBer, Inc. His consulting practice focuses on organizational improvement, including culture change, leadership and management development, board training, and team building.  Before receiving a Ph.D.  from Harvard University in Clinical and Organizational Psychology, he served on the executive staff of the Harvard Community Health Plan, currently known as Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and was a founder of its Mission Hill-Parker Hill Neighborhood Health Center.  When he was a community organizer in the 1960s and 1970s, he helped to establish the South End and Uphams Corner Health Centers.  His consulting practice includes the health care, financial services, federal and state governments, and corporate sectors. He has been a trustee of several community-based, non-profit health and social services organizations and is Trustee Emeritus of the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Board.

Willie Brown, a long-time resident of Roxbury and an early and continuous member of the UFI working group. He brings significant neighborhood and gardening experience to UFIB.  He is the director of the Edward L. Cooper Community Garden and Education Center.