Meet our team!
devin shomaker, Founder
Devin Shomaker is the founder of Rooftop Reds in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. His interest in agriculture, however, began indirectly during his childhood when he avidly watched the Washington, D.C.-area weather reports from his home in Arlington, Virginia. After college, Devin worked for the better part of a decade in the service industry and in various sales jobs. During this time, 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 guerilla 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.
malcolm baker, director
Malcolm’s background is in education, coaching, and management. He has two post graduate degrees; an MA in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Education from Queens CUNY. As a teacher Malcolm worked at East Side Middle School where he founded NYC’s first middle school frisbee team and subsequently helped establish NYC’s first middle school frisbee league. He is particularly proud that in 2019 the league had grown to 23 teams! Originally born in Westchester County, Malcolm has been living in NYC for the past 13 years.
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.
mira atherton, Development coordinator
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.