Brooke Ray is the New Roots Program Manager in Charlottesville, a multifaceted food and agriculture program of the International Rescue Committee that supports refugees and immigrants in making a healthy transition to the United States through gardening, farming and nutrition initiatives. She studied Community and International Development at the University of Vermont, and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Her professional background ranges from food and agriculture work to natural building and events planning. While in Vermont, Brooke worked at the Intervale Community Farm, now a 44-acre, 500-member CSA. A native to Charlottesville, Brooke returned home in 2008 and has since served as a founding board member of City Schoolyard Garden, a program that operates educational gardens in seven city schools, and as the co-founder of Charlottesville SOUP, a local public dinner series that raises grants for local artists.