Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli sits on the US Composting Council board of directors and the steering committee of the Institute for Local Self Reliance’s Community Composting Coalition. She was recognized by the New York State Association for Reuse, Reduction, and Recycling with the 2019 Recycling Leadership Award. Meredith is a TRUE Certified Waste Advisor.

Marvin Hayes, Program Manager @Baltimore Compost Collective

Marvin Hayes has been a youth educator and mentor for over 20 years. His professional experiences include running recreation programming, alternate education youth consoling, mediation services, and youth workforce development. Recently Marvin has been the leader of a community-based food scrap collection service, Baltimore Compost Collective, and composting service as a start-up for local job creation. Hiring underemployed area youth, Marvin has helped grow the idea into a service that collects over a quarter ton of food scraps each week to turn into nutrient-rich soil for the new growth.