Emmanuel Pratt: Executive Director (Chicago)
Emmanuel Pratt is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation and founding member of axilL3C. Emmanuel Pratt earned his BArch from Cornell University, his MSAUD (Masters in Science of Architecture and Urban Design) from Columbia University, and is presently a doctoral candidate in the PhD program of Urban Planning also from Columbia University. He is also the Director of Aquaponics for Chicago State University and teaches courses within the college of Arts and Sciences.
While most of his early work was anchored in the field of architecture, Emmanuel’s work has since explored the role of art and interactive media as a key component of urban design, urban farming, and sustainability with a particular concentration on the creation of a new paradigms for 21st century city planning
Jesse Blom: Director (Milwaukee)
Jesse Blom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Dartmouth College in 2006, and has since pursued a career in the field of experiential education. For several years, he worked as an outdoor and leadership educator, first with Camp Manito-wish YMCA in northern Wisconsin, and then with Global Youth Leadership Institute in Milwaukee. A student and practitioner of collaborative leadership theory, Jesse has developed a wide range of group facilitation skills. He has practiced these skills with a diverse array of students and teachers from many parts of the world. His work has taken him to New Mexico, Ontario, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands – among other places.
Since joining Sweet Water Foundation in 2010, Jesse has specialized in the “human” aspects of urban farming. As City Director of SWF – Milwaukee, he designs Sweet Water’s educational program, delivers lessons and workshops, while developing funds and managing partnerships. Jesse looks forward to working with the Milwaukee community and the Sweet Water team to make Sweet Water an international model for urban agriculture in post-industrial cities, while creating economic prosperity, social benefits and environmental sensibility.