2014 NYC Civic Corps Members at NYCHA
Since 2009, NYCHA has partnered with the NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, to bring a diverse group of professionals to support the Resident Green Committee (RGC) Initiative. The Civic Corps members commit to 10 months of full-time service, providing technical assistance to the RGCs across the City and engaging residents in NYCHA’s environmental sustainability initiatives. Learn more about the 2012-13 Civic Corps class at NYCHA below.
Maegan Blansett is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, who grew up in Idaho and moved to New York to join the Civic Corps this summer. After her year of service, she hopes to attend graduate school and become an environmental educator, because she believes that spreading knowledge about environmental issues to the community members they affect is a critical first step in confronting them. She is excited to be serving with NYCHA residents to increase involvement in green initiatives and inspire positive changes in a setting where such priorities are too often overlooked.
Jeanne Thelwell comes to the Civic Corps after an almost 40 year career as a lawyer and a teacher. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, Yale Law School and Pace University School of Education. Raised in Manhattan, and now a resident of Brooklyn, Jeanne is passionate about environmental justice, and particularly food justice. She hopes to be able to use her skills as an attorney and educator to build and strengthen Resident Green Committees, that will empower NYCHA residents to exert greater control over their environment.