Leadership

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AUSTIN KASSO

Founder, Executive Director

Austin Kasso is a visionary, grassroots business leader, with a servant heart, social conscience, and passion to make a difference in the world. When it comes to sustainable economics, Austin marries several schools of thought in his journey to discover what works best for the long-term development of society. He founded the Public Charity, Red Giant Union, in order to carry out his vision of an abundance and variety of locally grown produce. He also pursues creative outlets and diversifies his career in Media productions, art, and marketing.



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JOSH KINZLER

Vice Executive Director

Using his expert knowledge of corporate organizational structure and chemistry, Josh is going to make sure our choices are based in sound science.  

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SANKALP PRAKASH

Advisory Board Member

Sankalp will advise on new technological concepts to assist farmers and will assist teams of scientists and engineers to implement these new ideas. He has an innate passion for how things work and has completed a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University and a masters degree at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He has been actively involved in innovative projects such as building an electric power supply with a used gym bike, developing a data logger and app to track fuel consumption in farm equipment and contributing to the development of an electric vehicle at a university student racing team. Over the past few years, Sankalp has shown a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and is eager to use his technical skills to help enhance urban agriculture at RGU. His hobbies are playing keyboard / piano, board games, hiking, travelling and learning languages.  

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ERIC JOHAN BERNSTORFF

Colorado Chapter Director


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BENJAMIN YIN

California Chapter Director

I am an aspiring fourth-year mechanical engineering major at San Jose State University that is delving into the world of marketing and in particular, public relations, not only for extracurricular endeavors, but to build myself in order to become versatile in the face of any and all challenges presented to any young professional.

Throughout my first three years in college, I have explored quite a repertoire of marketing jobs from my position as a marketing lead to student outreach ambassador for various companies. Working alongside humanitarian organizations like Engineers Without Borders, Peace Corps, and the various non-profits I participate in, In my most recent venture into Red Giant Union, an agricultural non-profit, our CEO has named myself California chapter director as I spearhead this organization in the west coast. I am certain that all my experiences throughout college and my engineering career shall bear fruit when I venture outside of the walls of my academic institution as a highly networked game-changer for the betterment of our global civilization's future of engineering.

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SCOTT MASSEY

Advisory Board Member

Scott is a senior at Purdue University currently pursuing his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and certificate in entrepreneurship. His passion for hydroponics began as a research engineer at Purdue designing and manufacturing an automated hydroponic plant growth chamber for the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training Cuvette with the ultimate goal of growing sustainable food in space colonies. He applied his experience and knowledge to develop a patent pending, automated, hydroponic appliance that grows enough produce to eliminate a user's dependence on a grocery store for most produce.

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PATRICK GRIMES

Volunteer Consultant

P. Grimes Consulting assists architects, engineers, contractors, business owners to solve code related issues. If you are an architect, engineer, contractor, business owner, facility manager or anyone affected by building and life safety codes, I could help you determine the codes and standards that could alter your project or business.