Alena's professional history ranges from board packets to bulb plantings; for over 10 years, she has entwined nonprofit management experiences and feet-on-the-ground, hands-in-the-dirt action. Most recently, Alena built a public and special events department for Glynwood, a nonprofit in the Hudson Valley focused on sustainable agriculture. There, she increased community engagement, fundraising efforts and donor cultivation. She also oversaw revenue streams that generated substantial earned income to support programs and an annual gala. In addition, she has worked to activate local constituencies for the Small Planet Institute and at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, an established nonprofit creating partnerships with government and local agencies.
Prior to organizing 250-foot dining tables in a field and many, many dinners with high-profile chefs, Alena grew food and partnered to launch an organic cut flower program in Connecticut, now a blueprint model in the state. She has been certified in organic land care practices, designed gardens that incorporate edibles into landscaping and generally likes getting her hands dirty - whatever the task.
Alena shares a new home in DC with her partner, Andrew, and is focused on a shade garden behind her new home, as well as a front yard, where this past winter someone ate most of the crocus bulbs.