From helping maintain the South Bronx Greenway to fighting for the removal of the Sheridan Expressway, our new Community Greening Planner, Angela Tovar, is dedicated to improvement. “I grew up in an industrial neighborhood similar to Hunts Point, and am committed to quality-of-life issues,” she says. “I saw the job description for Community Greening Planner and I thought, ‘This is my job. I’m getting this job.’”
SSBx Executive Director Michael Brotchner interviewed Angela, and agreed; she joined our team in December 2011. In addition to working on the Greenway and the Sheridan campaign, she also meets with political representatives, visits homeowners needing energy audits, hosts bike tours and testifies at public hearings. She’s also responsible for SSBx’s policy research, and she is currently working on a white paper on green zoning and other green building policies in New York City.
Tovar brings more than 10 years of experience to the job. She completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning at Hunter College, followed by a fellowship at the college’s Center for Community Planning and Development. Prior to that, Angela spent five years managing corporate volunteerism for Chicago Cares, and three years as both an administrator and corps member with National Civilian Community Corps, an Americorps program, working on community-based projects in Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida Keys.
Even with all her education and experience, she says the work at SSBx role is unusually gratifying. “This position goes above and beyond my expectations for a planner position. I am thrilled to be the person on the ground, doing the advocacy, lobbying, organizing. It’s exciting. You’re really out there.”
Tovar says she loves working in the Bronx in part because of its unexpected beauty— from the green roof atop ABC Carpet & Home to the view from Baretto Point Park. The one thing she misses about Chicago? Hot dogs. “Despite all arguments to the contrary, Chicago has a better hot dog.”
Sustainable South Bronx is thrilled to have Angela on the team! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.