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About Us


Ellie Davis, Co-Founder Ellie has been working across the nation in social justice programs for the past 40 years. Currently, she is the director of programs and community relations at the YWCA Greater Newburyport where she has been working for the past 12 years. Her background in direct service and leadership in childcare, family literacy, staff training and development, organizational and Board consultation, collaboration, and cultural competence leads NNS to the forefront of programing that works across all nationalities and income levels. 


Nancy Earls, Co-Founder Nancy is a program director with the Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center. She brings the important piece of education to the forefront of food equality. Nancy has deep roots in the North Shore community and works extremely hard to ensure that all children and families in the community have what they need to thrive. 


Pam Palombo, Co-Founder Pam has been the Public Health Nurse for the City of Newburyport for the past 5 years and previously worked as a cardiac care nurse. She received her undergraduate in nursing from Duke University and her master’s from UMASS. Pam was born and raised in Massachusetts and has happily called the Newburyport area home for the past 6 years. She loves sharing her knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating with others, supporting our local growers, spending time with our incredible volunteers and working towards creating a community where everyone has access to healthy food!


Emilee Herrick (right), Program Coordinator Emilee works to maintain the gardens, organize and run programs, and work directly with local schools and farms. Emilee is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Sustainable Food and Farming from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.


Kailey Burke (left), Program Coordinator Kailey joined the NNS team as the garden manager for the 2015 season and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School majoring in Sustainable Food and Farming that May. Since then Kailey has helped build and programs, coordinate volunteers, work with local farmers, and grow the NNS gardens.   


Sydney Todd , Intern – Sydney is a high school senior at The Winsor School in Boston and started at NNS this May as an intern. Although attending school in Boston, Sydney grew up and continues to live in the Newburyport area. She loves talking with people, working with food, and helping the community.