Li Sumpter, Ph.D.
Director of Programs and Operations
Li joined Mill Creek Urban Farm in June 2016 and brings a passion for afrofuturism, art activism and emergency preparedness to her work in environmental and food justice. With a strong background in art education and community engagement, Li's focus is on cultivating creative approaches to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and farm-based learning while building new and long-lasting relationships with Mill Creek residents and community stakeholders. Her dissertation, Apocalyptic Soul: Seeing Through Image in the Age of End Time, examines the social and psychological impact of fear-based media on culture, consciousness and survival in the 21st century. Through creative problem solving, community organizing and innovative technologies employed at Mill Creek Farm, Li puts the theories of her academic reserach into practice to address food insecurity, cultural oppression and disease, and the immediate threats of climate change.
Alkebu-Lan Marcus was born and raised in Philadelphia. "Key" has been involved in activism and community-based organizing for nearly 5 years which has shown and taught him a lot. He has studied different methods to help ease the struggle that oppressed people experience daily on a local, national and global level. Throughout his experiences he has come to understand the importance of food access and food security. About 3 years ago Alkebu-Lan decided to get more involved with urban agriculture; from volunteering, reading, touring and observing. Now that Key is a part of the community at Mill Creek, he works to apply his thoughts, curiosity and creative ideas to benefit the community at large. His end goal is to be able to teach himself and others how to live more sustainably with each other and the earth.
Marika Zeldenrust, Drexel Community Scholar, Drexel University, 2014-2016
Lucia Kearney, Field and Harvest Apprentice, 2016
Nicole Moore, Temple Univesity, Public Health Program
Board of Directors
President: Pamela Haines, Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children
Treasurer: Sarah Zlotnik, Stoneleigh Foundation
Ryan Kuck, Greensgrow Philadelphia
Kirtrina Baxter, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia
Steven Whaley, Men of Mill Creek
Stephanie Brown, University of Pennsylvania
Donheen Boone, KIPP Charter School, Health and Wellness