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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 Treasurer 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 is Co-Founder of Global Zero (2006-present), 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.” Leading newspapers – including The New York Times, The Economist and the Financial Times – have backed Global Zero’s step-by-step plan for the phased and verified elimination of nuclear weapons, the Financial Times concluding that, “Global Zero’s plan has shown the direction to be travelled; the world’s leaders must now start moving.” 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, a computerized voter registration system ensuring accurate voter lists; he launched Motor Voter e-Registration, a first-in-the-nation electronic voter registration system; and he 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 President and Secretary of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Dahni-El Giles currently works at Hampton Creek, the plant-based food startup in San Francisco, CA. Dahni-El earned an A.B. from Harvard in 1999 (when he received the John D. Barnwell Award for leadership and exemplary citizenship) and a J.D. from Georgetown in 2004. He’s also a 1995 Oliver Scholar, a 2004 Coro Fellow, and a 2016 Bleeker Fellow. A self-described attorney and strategist passionate about sustainability and impact, he co-founded DonorsChoose.org in 2000, serves as Board Director, Treasurer, and audit committee member at ScriptEd.org. He also served as Senior Commercial Counsel at Kraft Foods providing general business and legal counseling for the procurement, corporate affairs, customs, logistics, R&D, and sustainability functions. Dahni-El is Board Vice President of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Jocelyn Apicello is Board Treasurer of the Ecological Citizen's Project.
Malcom Gordon Charitable Fund
The Ecological Citizen's Project is a non-profit organization that accepts tax-exempt 501(c)3 donations via our fiscal sponsor, Hudson Valley Seed.