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GWI Welcomes Three New Board Members!

By Aja Schmeltz

As we continue to deepen our commitment to aligning our internal structures with our external mission, we have been working diligently to diversify and grow our Board of Directors. We sought out folx that are aligned with our principles and practices, represent the demographics of our ever-growing GWI community, and who would both support and guide us with a heart-centered approach. It is with gratitude and excitement that we welcome our newest board members, Allison Lamb, David Brownstein and Kate Cox! 

“I’m deeply grateful to Allison, Kate and David for joining the Good Work Institute board. Their invaluable contribution of time, energy, and extensive experience brings a unique perspective to our work. I feel confident in their alignment with our mission and greatly appreciate their dedicated support. In our shared commitment, I look forward to further discussions of empowerment as we seek to build regenerative, just, and life-affirming communities. Thank you for joining us on this transformative journey.” – Erica Brown, President, GWI Board of Directors

“We are very excited to have Allison, David and Kate join our team. With their confirmation, our Board of Directors now includes seven committed community members, who are working collectively to support the GWI mission and workers. Allison, David, and Kate each bring a wealth of experience, and we are looking forward to their deep partnership and thoughtful support as we work together to build a more just and equitable future.” – Caitlin Dourmashkin, GWI Worker Trustee & Board Representative

See below for Allison, David and Kate’s bios. To learn more about the rest of our team, please visit

Allison Lamb 

Allison attended Montserrat College of Art, where she found her love for Design and Illustration. Over the last 10 years, Allison’s various positions have prepared her with a firm, well-rounded knowledge of the branding and marketing world. In 2013, Allison left her position as Creative Director with the Royal Bank of Scotland to join the multi-use skincare company, LIMEGREEN. With LIMEGREEN, Allison had the amazing opportunity to utilize her branding knowledge and showcase her driven personality to develop a successful business. In recent years, Allison primarily lent her creativity to organizations focused on social impact, entertainment, politics, and the arts. Allison lives in Newburgh, NY, but remains strongly connected to her roots in Brooklyn, NY, and North Carolina. 

David Brownstein

After twelve years working as a private wealth advisor on Wall Street, in 2002 David miraculously extricated himself from this soul-deadening work and came home to New Paltz with his family to realize a life dream – fully sharing in the care and parenting of his three children and creating a small family farm. Over the years, the Brownstein family (Three Suns Farm) have raised dairy cows, goats, chickens, bees, and fruits and vegetables in season. In 2004 David co-founded Wild Earth, a local nonprofit with a vision toward regenerating a living community culture centered around nature connection. David served as its Executive Director for nearly 20 years until 2023. Today, David continues reaching toward his vision, now through his Root Connections ( practice; he offers mentoring, coaching, and collaboration rooted in place-based, relationship-first and village-making work and life ways. 

Kate Cox

Kate is Director of Development for the Bard Prison Initiative and has been with BPI since 2019. Prior to BPI, Kate worked as Capacity Building Advisor for the New York Council on Nonprofits and spent many years supporting community and national public radio and other story-telling endeavors. Kate completed a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in 2017 and has 2 decades of experience across the non-profit sector- in philanthropy, capacity building, strategic planning, and project management. 

Founded in 2015, The Good Work Institute is a worker self-directed nonprofit, based in the Mahicantuck / Hudson Valley of New York. We cultivate and support a diverse network of people, initiatives, and organizations committed to Good Work, in order to foster and collectively manifest regenerative, just, and life-affirming communities. 

We aim to act as a catalyst for a sustained Just Transition movement. 

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