We are thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director
A Letter from Stephanie Barksdale, Chairman of the Board:
On behalf of the Grow Dat Board, and our incredibly committed succession committee of staff, board, and youth, I am excited to announce the hiring of Devon Turner as Grow Dat’s new Executive Director.
A native of Plaquemines Parish in southeastern Louisiana, Devon Turner’s career has been focused on supporting and advocating for young men and women, first as an educator, teaching about social justice issues at the nexus of race, gender, justice, and violence. She was then instrumental in the creation of New York City’s first community-based school for justice system-involved youth. She most recently served New Orleans youth by developing young leadership opportunities at Liberty’s Kitchen as well as connecting them to a host of resources throughout the city.
We are thrilled to have Devon Turner lead Grow Dat Youth Farm, as her own values and mission align so closely with our work. We are confident that her experiences, insights, and leadership will bring new energy, ideas, and passion to guide our vision of a vibrant New Orleans where youth and adults transform their communities, their environment, and themselves by engaging in the meaningful work of growing healthy food.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our work during this transition, and a special thank you to our dedicated succession committee and to SSA consultants for their support. We are all excited for you to get to know Devon better. I hope you will consider joining us at one of our upcoming farm dinners or hootenanny, or just come by the farm to meet her!
With great excitement,
Board Chair, Grow Dat Youth Farm