Rick Magder is the founding Executive Director of Groundwork Hudson Valley and the Executive Director of Groundwork USA, both based in Yonkers, NY. At Groundwork he oversees all programs and initiatives, including community gardens, playground restoration, the Saw Mill River Coalition, Youth Green Team, and the Science Barge, among others. Prior to starting Groundwork nearly a decade ago, Mr. Magder worked for nonprofits and city government in New York City and Washington D.C., where he focused on environmental, public housing, and community health issues. Past affiliations include the Regional Plan Association, the Children’s Health Fund, the NYC Commission on Child Health, the Population Reference Bureau, and the National Audubon Society. Mr. Magder has a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Urban Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelors Degree in Literature, Science and the Arts (BA) from the University of Michigan. He lives in Yonkers now with his wife and two children, but grew up in Detroit, Michigan.