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The Ecological Citizen's Project is a think/act/learn space located in Garrison, NY in the lower Hudson Valley.
We grow citizen-led campaigns to produce a more just, healthy, democratic and sustainable way-of-life.
Who We Are
Jason Angell has developed and taught programs for Native American youth and currently teaches courses in American Government and Sociology at Bronx Community College. Jason has spent his career working to change policies at the local and state levels to promote progressive change. As the Director of the Center for Working Families in New York, NY, he successfully advocated for the passage of the Center’s Green Jobs-Green Homes NY program and Fair Share tax reform model into state law. Mr. Angell received a B.A. in Political Science and English from Vassar College in 2000 and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2006. Jason is the Executive Director of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Jocelyn Apicello has taught high school students in Japan, people experiencing homelessness in NYC, and currently teaches courses in biostatistics, evaluation design, research methods, community engagement, and food justice at William Paterson University and in the New York State prison system through Bard College’s Prison Initiative. She is also participating in the revival of prison farms, supervising the establishment of vegetable gardens in correctional facilities. Jocelyn received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brown University in 2000 and her DrPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2013. Jocelyn is Program Director of the Ecological Citizen's Project and Secretary and VP of the Board of Directors.
Together, Jason and Jocelyn live and work on Longhaul Farm with their two young children and several farmyard animals.
At Longhaul Farm, they practice sustainable living and agriculture, including running a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and diversified, free-range livestock program, and making, baking, canning, pickling, cutting, cooking, growing and mending various things.
Jason and Jocelyn believe there can be a way of living that is joyful, accepts comfortable and responsible limitations, provides enough for everyone, nourishes and protects health, gives as much as it takes, incorporates productive work that makes us want to get up in the morning, connects us to community and brings us into balance with our ecology.
Our Board of Directors
Matt Brown. Matt Brown most recently Co-Founded of Global Zero, the leading international movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons that includes 300 world leaders and half a million citizens worldwide. Many political leaders have endorsed Global Zero, with President Obama declaring,“Global Zero will always have a partner in me and my administration.” Brown is an executive producer of "Countdown to Zero", a feature film about the nuclear danger. He is the former Secretary of State of Rhode Island (2002-2006) and Executive Director of City Year Rhode Island, a national service program. As Secretary of State, Brown developed Rhode Island's first Central Voter Registration System and developed new e-Government tools to increase the transparency of government. Brown has taught at the University of Rhode Island, and has given legislative testimony on election reform, government reform, health care, and other policy issues. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. Matt is Board Vice President of the Ecological Citizen's Project
Dahni-El Giles is passionate about climate change, sustainable impact, and creating opportunity for others. In 2000, he co-founded DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that has directed over $750M to public school classrooms. In 2017, he co-authored a Sustainability KPI Calculation Methodology paper calculating the impacts of a plant-based food company's product ingredients for greenhouse gas emissions and fresh water consumption. Previously, he served as Senior Commercial Counsel at Kraft Foods providing general business and legal counseling for the sustainability, procurement, corporate affairs, customs, logistics, and R&D functions. Dahni-El earned an A.B. from Harvard in 1999 and a J.D. from Georgetown in 2004. He’s also a 1995 Oliver Scholar, a 2004 Coro Fellow, and a 2016 Bleeker Fellow. An attorney and strategist, he also serves as Board Director at CodeNation.org and RestoreOakland.org. Dahni-El serves as Board President of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Michael Rauch is a project management and business development professional with more than a decade of experience in renewable energy and public policy. His experience includes development of utility-scale wind energy projects, financing commercial solar energy projects, and developing community energy savings initiatives. He currently works as a consultant in the energy sector with a focus on distributed generation, community choice aggregation (CCA), and municipal energy policy. Michael earned a Masters of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. Michael is Board Treasurer of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Jocelyn Apicello is Board Secretary of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund
The Ecological Citizen's Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization - all donations are tax deductible. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Ecological Citizen's Project at PO Box 24, Garrison, NY 10524.