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Announcing Our New Executive Director!

July 8, 2019
Announcing Our New Executive Director!

GRuB is pleased to announce that Deb Crockett will be the organization’s new Executive Director starting in May.

Deb comes to GRuB with a deep love for bringing people together to grow, eat, and share healthy foods. Since 2004, she has served in leadership positions at Angelic Organics Learning Center, a prominent food systems nonprofit in the Upper Midwest with two urban farms, an education center, and a regional Farmer Training Program. She has most recently been serving as the Executive Director. Angelic Organics Learning Center engages diverse audiences to build a sustainable food system—promoting ecological healing, healthy foods, equitable leadership, local economies, and new communities of practice.

Raised in Bothell, Washington, Deb is very happy to be returning to the Pacific Northwest. “I am honored and delighted by the opportunity to join GRuB. I have a deep respect for and appreciation of the integrity, intentionality, and impact of GRuB’s mission and programs and know that these qualities are a manifestation of much individual and collective creativity and dedication in building the soil of the community across many years. GRuB’s expansive vision—to evolve its organizational culture in order to deliver more impactful and mission-aligned programs—excites me and resonates deeply with the insights and experiences I bring from the Learning Center. For decades I’ve dreamed of returning to the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up with the mountains, saltwater and evergreens. It’s home.”

GRuB’s Board of Directors is impressed with Deb’s deep commitment to creating lasting change in the food system while creating pathways for a new generation of leaders. She has invested her professional life in food education and brings a creative understanding of how growing food can bring deep satisfaction and joy to everyone, from little children to high school students to veterans.  

GRuB is celebrating 20 years of powerful teen empowerment this year. Over 500 high school students have learned agriculture skills as well as personal leadership skills on GRuB’s farm. In 2019, the organization is launching a new drop-out re-engagement program, expanding its programs for children and families, and creating a new veteran-led Victory Farm in Lacey in partnership with the Thurston County Food Bank.  

Deb will accept the leadership reins from interim Co-Directors, Kim Gaffi and Rebeca Potasnik, and succeed Katie Rains who left GRuB this past fall to accept a position with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.  

Deb will begin her appointment on May 1, 2019. Please contact Rebeca Potasnik at for more information.  

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