Brenden Jackson

Brenden likes to think of himself as an urban agriculture enthusiast, but really he is just a big kid that likes to play in the dirt. Brenden was born in Virginia where he camped, explored, studied literature and eventually earned a graduate degree in education. Through a series of fortunate events he married his best friend, and spent the next five years moving and traveling around the country. During these travels he met a diverse range of food growers who planted in him the seeds of food justice.

Phoebe Railneau

Chef Phoebe Raileanu is a farmer, educator, and pastry chef from LA specializing in animal husbandry and permaculture design. Phoebe has over 10 years of teaching and curriculum writing experience. She attended the Institute of Culinary Education and received a pastry degree before studying farming and permaculture at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA. Currently living in Austin, TX, Phoebe is thrilled to be part of Amir!

Andrew Davidov

Andrew began work with Amir since 2016, serving as a Mentor and Program Associate. As Amir’s Program Associate, he will be coordinating with camps what delicious goods will be grown there this upcoming summer and working with the Farmers and Farm Managers at the camps. Andrew is also in charge of all Recruitment and gathering quality Farmers for the summer. He is ecstatic to be continuing to work on social justice projects around food, farming, and the environment.

Shannon Lijek

Shannon is a executive at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, CA and joined the Amir board in summer 2016 as the organization was meeting distinct transition challenges. Shannon brings with her invaluable consultative skills and knowledge, and is crucial to ensuring Amir's growth over the coming years. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two daughter, and dog (Truman).


Kevin Topek

Kevin has owned and operated Permaculture Design, LLC for more than 2 decades where he designs and installs Permaculture inspired naturalized, native and edible gardens and orchards for urban, suburban and rural landscapes all over the United States. He is a native Texan, having grown up in Houston, TX and is a graduate of Rice University where he studied Space Physics and Chinese Linguistics. After college he went on to study Permaculture with its founder, Bill Mollison, and then studied Keyline Design with Darren Daugherty.

Nathan Mitzner

Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cox School of Business in 2011, and was chosen as The Most Outstanding Risk Management Insurance Major in the nascent Risk Management Insurance Program. In the summer of 2010, Nathan interned with Arthur J Gallagher and was offered a full time position in the company’s Dallas office upon graduation. He formally joined the company in July.With a family background in commercial and residential real estate development and investment, he has become active in the company’s Real Estate Group.