Groundwork Atlanta Staff
Jill Arrington comes to Groundwork Atlanta with over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience; she has spent most of her career working in community and economic development, with a focus on adaptive re-use, asset management of real estate, affordable housing, infant and teen health care, youth education and mentoring, and community activism and engagement. In addition to her degrees in law and history, Jill also has a B.A. in Music and experience in the cultural arts and entertainment arenas of choral societies, symphonies, and rural arts. In her time as an Atlantan, Ms. Arrington has seen Atlanta grow and morph from a large sleepy southern city to a bustling international city, filled with many opportunities and challenges for communities working to strike a balance with their history, as well as the needs of residents and desires to continue to grow and prosper.
Maurice Small is a farmer, trainer of farmers, soil alchemist and worm whisperer in Atlanta Georgia. As a consultant, Small cultivates organic food in urban spaces, creates vibrant soil and nurtures youth leadership in local food system development. For more than 25 years, Small has applied his love and appreciation for the earth, a value he received from his parents, to his work of creating meaningful work for new farmers and communities that care about vibrant local food access. Maurice Small was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and most recently has invested his energy in food and farmers in the Southeast. As an innovative creator of national models of sustainable food cultivation and distribution Small is on the cutting edge of transforming our food systems for the better. Maurice was awarded the Organic Pioneer Award by the Rodale Institute in its inaugural year, 2011. Maurice is a founding and active member of the Farmer x Farmer Coalition.