Giles Harnsberger
Executive director

Giles Harnsberger serves as the executive director of Groundwork RVA.  She is a trail enthusiast, a devotee of hands-on education, and a native Richmonder.

Since 2013 Giles’ goals have been to develop and realize community-based greening improvements with a diverse array of partners including Renew Richmond, Kinfolk, Richmond Toolbank, Storefront for Community Design, BikeWalk RVA, Richmond Public Schools, VCU, Bon Secours, the National Park Service, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the City of Richmond.  Giles’ objective is to focus resources to support Groundwork RVA high school Green Teams as they build new trails, improve parks, and expand access to cultural heritage resources.  These efforts support a larger vision of empowering youth to transform their city in their own vision.

Giles serves on the City of Richmond’s Urban Design Committee and on the Board of Directors for Storefront for Community Design.


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.


kendra norrell
green team manager

Kendra Norrell serves as the Green Team Manager of Groundwork RVA. Born and raised in Richmond, Kendra went off to college in Pennsylvania at Haverford College where she majored in environmental biology. Kendra has worked at with youth since 2011 and her most recent experiences with the Science Museum of Virginia and Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. Kendra’s objective is to continuously create learning objectives for Groundwork RVA high school Green Teams as they build new trails, improve parks, and expand access to cultural heritage resources.

Kendra hopes to work with, and potentially increase, the love of nature in Richmond through self-directed hands on learning.