Chief Education Officer, The Greenhouse
Bree Kessler is an Alaska-based freelance writer and research with over ten years experience as an educator. She holds graduate degrees in social work, public health, natural resource management, and psychology as well as a certificate in online instructional design. She currently is a PhD candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center in environmental psychology -- the study of human behavior and the environment. Her research focuses on do-it-yourself urbanism and "winter cities." She has taught classes at universities throughout the country and was a faculty member on a School for International Training study abroad program. Bree is the author of the travel guidebook Moon: Big Island of Hawaii and contributes articles to national publications on subjects ranging from public space to blue grass music to dog mushing. Through both her academic work and travel writing, Bree has traveled to over 40 countries. In the last few years, she has worked in Alaska to start the "Urban in Alaska" movement and stage "design interventions" throughout the state. In addition, she has served as a grant reviewer for several creative placemaking grants including ArtPlace America, National Endowment for the Arts (Our Town), and National Association of Counties.
As a member of the Jewish community, Bree has participated with numerous organization as a teen, young adult, and now as a parent in an interfaith family. In high school she attended the March of the Living trip, was active in NFTY, and went to Israel with her local Jewish summer camp. In college she went on an AJWS trip focused on international development to Honduras (and Israel), was an active member in (the now defunct) Lights in Action organization and represented them at many conferences, joined a "Germany up-close" trip for Jewish college students, interned with the National Interfaith Committee for Worker's Justice, and studied Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.