With over 20 years of professional experience, Ruby has served as an environmental steward, STEM instructor, and community food educator. Her environmental justice work began with three federal-level internships served with the National Park Service and Environmental Protection Agency.
As a Marine & Environmental Science graduate of Hampton University, Ruby taught ecological-based science curriculum - many times of her own design – to formal and informal classroom settings. Her love of teaching allowed her to create the Reynoldsburg Edible Schoolyard Project, a USDA Farm-to-Table grant funded program that proposed to use seven school locations to create a mini-food system.
To expand her movement towards leveraging social entrepreneurship within the local food system, Ruby was selected to be a Global Social Impact Fellow with University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy. In this program Ruby served amongst 24 other fellows from 12 different countries, in the La Fortuna rainforest of Costa Rica, to develop her social enterprise business model.
Founder and CEO of Jazzy Greens, LLC, Ruby has dedicated the past ten years towards raising awareness to promote food justice and re-circulation of wealth amongst at-risk communities. Her grassroots approach to entrepreneurship has resulted in five community garden projects in the city of Columbus, $100,000 in grant funding for urban garden projects, and 1st place awards in both youth garden recreation and community service for global poverty.