Alex Fishman - Curriculum Director

Alex was born in Minsk, Belarus, raised in Brooklyn, New York, and educated in Chicago. Alex served for 9 years in Chicago's public schools. He taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade before moving to high school, where he was the lead Innovation Lab teacher for 9th and 10th grade.

Alex created and began iterating on the Regenerate Neighborhoods curriculum in 2013.  His work has been inspired by students who wanted to see real change in the places where they live. Leveraging digital tools and the input of best practitioners from various community building professions, the Regenerate Neighborhoods curriculum strives to reach an authentic audience that is empowered to develop and broaden the impact of their ideas. Alex is eager to build a network, composed of educators and youth, interested in impactful and connected learning. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works at Campbell Hall as the K-6 Technology Lab Teacher and Tech Integration Specialist. 

 

CORY GARFIN - PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Cory focuses on generating social and educational impact in neighborhoods, specifically through digital learning, multimedia production, multidisciplinary collaboration, communication (writing + design), project management, strategic planning, and partnership building.

 

ZACH BORDERS - PLANNING + DESIGN DIRECTOR

Zach Borders has led award-winning community planning efforts across the State of Illinois, neighborhood (re)development projects on the north and south sides of Chicago, sub-urban retrofits throughout the Chicagoland region, and design efforts for sustainable new communities in India, China, and Turkey.