Carla is a co-founder of Working Landscapes. She has deep roots in Warren County, where Working Landscapes is based, having grown up with an extended family on a former tobacco farm. Carla received her B.A. and Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University, along with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She earned a Ph.D. in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009. Carla works hard to create triple-bottom line benefit in her home region, with the help of a grounded perspective and sense of humor. Outside of work, she enjoys the challenge of parenting Juniper and twins Sam and Silas (along with Gabriel), and is beginning to implement a 50-year plan for the revitalization of her family farm.
A co-founder of Working Landscapes, Gabriel joined the organization’s staff in 2013. Gabriel received his doctorate in Ecology from UNC Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. He provides leadership to the organization’s food system revitalization efforts and contributes to fundraising, builds regional partnerships and speaks eloquently on behalf of the organization and rural communities broadly. Previously, he served as Director of the Warren County Economic Development Commission and as a researcher at Duke University. When not at Working Landscapes, he provides stakeholder engagement and qualitative analysis services to domestic and international clients, including a new community-supported fishery initiative in Philadelphia and the development of marine management zones in the UK. In the time that remains, he likes to ride bikes with his daughter, build legos with his 4 year-old twins, and cook big batches of sauces.
As Food Hub Operations Manager, Scott brings over 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry and oversees the Chopped Produce Facility. His success operating the Historic Horseshoe Restaurant in South Hill, VA for the previous 8 years demonstrates his interest and involvement in investing in smaller rural communities. Before relocating back to southern Virginia, he grew up in the Richmond area where he was involved in many organizations addressing revitalization efforts, community housing, multi-cultural initiatives, and historic preservation efforts. He developed a passion and interest in working with local farms while operating the Horseshoe and produced a memorable experience for many local people and travelers. He currently resides in Brunswick County, VA.