Emmanuel Pratt: Executive Director
Emmanuel is Sweet Water Foundation’s founding Executive Director. Emmanuel earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and Masters of Science in Architectural Urban Design from Columbia University and is presently pursuing his doctorate from Columbia University School of Urban Planning.
During 2004-2006, Emmanuel guest lectured at The University of Witwatesrand Department of Architecture focusing on digital design methodologies. Upon his return to the United States, Emmanuel spent several years working closely and traveling around the country with Will Allen of Growing Power.
Emmanuel’s focus on community development through the intersection of food security and sustainable design innovation has led him to Chicago State University, located on the south-side of Chicago, where he is the Director of the newly formed Aquaponics Center and a Professor of Urban Planning .
Jesse Blom: Milwaukee Director
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.
Jill Frey: Education Coordinator
Jill Frey has worked in several areas of scientific research and education since earning degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Concordia University with Bachelors of Science in Zoology and Education, and a Masters of Science in Administrative Leadership. She has always been a strong believer in the power of authentic learning and has helped to develop a variety of experiential learning programs including: an urban environmental center, a marine and freshwater focused charter school, a youth run urban organic greenhouse business, and incorporating aquaponics into classroom curriculum.
Jill became involved with Sweet Water through the involvement of her students’ service-learning project at Sweet Water Organics. For the past year she has been developing educational programs for youth, families, teacher training and university students. Recently, Jill became Chair for the Milwaukee Branch of the Aquaponics Association. Jill is excited about the future of aquaponics and urban agriculture, particularly as it relates to developing a model for implementing urban agriculture to build resilient communities.