Rob jones
Executive director

Rob, also known as the New Guy, comes to Groundwork RVA with a background in consulting and non-profit management. He holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s in Psychology. Rob’s passions revolve around youth empowerment and voice as well as community engagement, racial equity and inclusion. He has lived in Richmond for over 20 years and is the proud parent of 2 RPS graduates. Rivers and green spaces have been very important in his life and he has seen their positive impact on young people and adults alike. He is honored to lead an amazing organization that respects the creativity and impact young people bring to the table when provided with tools, support, and a window onto how the world can be made better through their efforts.  Rob’s goal is to deepen the set of opportunities Groundwork RVA provides so that they can impact more young people each year. He also thinks the Grand Canyon is a magical place and Big Horn Sheep are special.


Will mcquate
project manager

Will serves as the Project Manager of Groundwork RVA. Will has lived in Richmond since graduating from Virginia Tech in 2006. He began working with youth shortly after at Elk Hill Farm, a group home focusing on education for employment and workforce training. Will comes to Groundwork RVA after spending the past 6 years on the James River Park System’s Trail Crew working with community partners (Richmond MORE, JROC, JRA, etc..) on conservation efforts in the park.

As project manager Will’s objective is to continue community based conservation efforts though Groundwork RVA’s high school Green Teams.


Melissa guevara
green team manager

Melissa Guevara began her career as an urban environmentalist at Groundwork Hudson Valley’s Science Barge serving as a weekend docent and member of the Green Team. In 2015, she worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, where she helped develop the partnership between the Refuge and Groundwork Hudson Valley. Upon finishing her bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Urban Studies at Bard College, Melissa spent 2 1/2 years as the Youth Program Coordinator for Groundwork Dallas, where she introduced youth from all walks of life and backgrounds, to the wonder of outdoor recreation and the possibility of careers in the environmental field.

As Green Team Manager, Melissa will work to provide Richmond youth the opportunity to work within their natural environment and benefit from green spaces. She believes that  youth are an untapped community asset who can positively impact both the natural and built environments.


Darquan robertson
Landscaping Crew Chief

Darquan serves as the Landscaping Crew Chief of Groundwork RVA. Darquan is a 2018 graduate of Huguenot High School and worked with Groundwork RVA in our Green Workforce Program over the course of 2017.

If you need any landscaping services please email

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Arsaiah robinson
Bellemeade enterprise center manager

Coming soon...