Grow It Green Morristown, a community building nonprofit organization focused on local food access, education and sustainability, has announced Lisa Alexander as its new Executive Director succeeding Erica VanAuken Colace who has moved on to work at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.   “We are excited to welcome Lisa as the new Executive Director,” said Greg Socha, Board President of Grow It Green Morristown. “Lisa brings a passion for our mission and years of professional experience working with fresh produce.  We look forward to her leadership as the organization enters its second decade.” 


Alexander comes to the organization from Dole Fresh Fruit International, most recently as their Product Distribution Manager, where she developed collaborative skills critical for nonprofit development. Utilizing her ability to develop creative solutions, she achieved year over year success meeting sales goals with the East Coast sales team. Notably she was instrumental in the growth of the organic banana program to the East Coast.  When her position was moved out of state, her family made the decision to stay in the Garden State. She was honored in Costa Rica by a diverse, international group of her peers for her dedication to the farmers and team members in Latin America. Being part of an organization with purpose is at the core of Lisa’s career choices and one of the reasons she chose to pivot to the Grow It Green nonprofit organization.

“I am privileged to join the excellent, hard-working team at Grow It Green Morristown,” said Alexander. “Knowing the importance of equal access to healthy food and open space, and seeing first-hand the impact that Grow It Green has had on Morristown’s unique urban environment and diverse residents at The Urban Farm and Early Street Community Garden has been incredibly inspiring. As Grow It Green closes out its Decade of Dirt, I look forward to building on our existing programs and working with community partners, business owners and neighbors to form a stronger, healthier community.”

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