Staff Bios

Amelia Rose

Executive Director

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Amelia Rose has over a decade of non-profit and community organizing experience.  She formerly worked at  the  Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island for 6 years where she oversaw programs and campaigns related to community involvement in brownfield cleanups, stormwater and climate change resiliency, healthy food access, and many other issues.  She has sat on the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force since 2012, helping create Providence’s first Sustainability Action Plan.  Originally from Northern Virginia, Amelia has also worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Washington Interfaith Network in Washington, D.C., and Toxics Action Center in Boston. Among her many responsibilities at Groundwork RI, Amelia oversees the adult job training programs, which strive to provide opportunities for community members who face poverty and barriers to employment to find economic opportunity in the environmental sector.  

Steve Ricci

Director of Field Operations

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Steve Ricci is an experienced Landscape Designer and lifelong Rhode Island resident. Steve graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree of Landscape Architecture as well as a Degree in Community Planning.  While completing his degrees, Steve worked as a landscape contractor and koi pond designer and builder. Steve has owned his own design/build landscape construction business as well as worked for a nursery as a manager, salesman, and designer.  Steve has designed and installed both commercial and residential projects throughout the state including rain gardens, patios, native planting designs, and landscape structures. At Groundwork RI, Steve runs the GroundCorp landscaping program and oversees our community garden, tree nursery, farm and all landscaping and green infrastructure work.

Katie Murphy

Harvest Cycle Coordinator

Katie Murphy is serving at Groundwork as an Americorps VISTA, focusing on expanding the Harvest Cycle compost program. Before joining Groundwork, Katie worked with Earth Appliance Organics, a local compost depot and pickup service run by Providence resident Michael Bradlee; and Farm Fresh RI, a local food hub working to rebuild Rhode Island’s foodshed. She spent her first year out of college volunteering full-time for The Climate Mobilization, a climate change think-tank and advocacy group. She is a member of the Zero Waste Providence compost working group, which is working to see 100 percent of food waste composted city-wide. In particular, she is fascinated by the transformative potential of localized composting hubs for the health and prosperity of urban neighborhoods. Originally from from New York, she holds an undergraduate degree in Contemplative Studies from Brown University, and plans to pursue graduate studies in Urban Planning and Policy.

Kufa Castro

Project Coordinator

Leandro “Kufa” Castro is serving at Groundwork Rhode Island as Project Coordinator, focusing on incorporating creative practices to spread environmental awareness, specifically about climate change resiliency in urban communities. Kufa is also a Project Assistant at Rhode Island Latino Arts working on a cultural history tour of the South Side and West End of Providence. Originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in Pawtucket, Kufa is an artist, actor, and media producer currently working on a new adaptation of “Comedy of Errors/Comedia de Equivocaciones” for Trinity Rep’s touring production for the summer of 2019. The play will tour public libraries and parks across Providence County. Kufa also worked as an Agricultural Apprentice at Southside Community Land Trust’s Urban Edge Farm from April to September 2018.