devin shomaker, founder
Devin Shomaker is the founder of Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He discovered a passion for wine and eventually came to realize this could be combined with his people skills and continued interest in all things climate. While attending Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture and Wine Technology program, Devin launched Rooftop Reds on his brother’s South Slope rooftop as a guerrilla project in 2012. In 2014, Rooftop Reds secured rooftop space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Wanting to develop more of a community-driven approach to urban agriculture led Devin to launch Village Vines in the summer of 2018. Devin believes that the basic, human joy of growing and nurturing can be harnessed to both green our cities and strengthen our communities.
Mira Atherton, development director
Originating from Middlebury, Vermont, Mira graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Environmental Studies and a focus on urban sustainability. After graduating, she worked in resource development and communications for a design education nonprofit, DownCity Design. Mira spent the past year as a NYC Urban Fellow in the Parks Planning Department researching gender disparities in park attendees, and gathering public feedback for city projects. She is an avid shade tree advocate and can often be found trying to convince her friends to play wiffle ball with her.
Thomas Shomaker, media & communications
Thomas Shomaker is a video producer and documentary filmmaker. A 2014 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, he has produced, shot or reported stories in 21 states, Japan, The U.K., Brazil, China and The Navajo Nation. His work has appeared on CNN, WNET's MetroFocus, SciTechNow and New York Treasures, HuffPost, NationSwell, UpWorthy, RepubblicaTV and been featured at the United Nations. He has lived in New York City for 20 years, the last several of which with his wife and their two children. Thomas hosted the 50-vine pilot vineyard for Rooftop Reds on his roof in Brooklyn in 2013. In 2014 Thomas completed a Master’s of Science in journalism at Columbia University. He now primarily produces short documentaries while also developing the media and social outreach for Rooftop Reds.