Ashley DeLorenzo and Roberto Meza join board of project based learning high school.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.―July 10, 2020 ― The STEAD School , a next generation charter high school serving School District 27J that is set to open in August 2021, announces the addition of board members Ashley DeLorenzo and Roberto Meza.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ashley and Roberto onto the board,” BuildStrong Education Foundation Director and The STEAD School Co-founder Amy Schwartz said. “Their energy, expertise, and perspectives will be invaluable toward moving The STEAD School through this exciting, pre-opening phase, and into the phase of recruiting teachers and welcoming the inaugural class.”

DeLorenzo is a passionate and resourceful talent acquisition professional dedicated to building both client and candidate relationships at Korn Ferry/Ardent Mills. She brings over 10 years of successful experience developing and implementing hiring processes, creating best practices and providing support across multiple industries, with her most recent focus in agriculture. DeLorenzo is an active member of the Denver Recruiter Advisory Board.

“Joining The STEAD School board combines my career passions in agriculture and developing the next generation of talent, along with my personal passion and commitment to future sustainability, innovation, and community development,” DeLorenzo said.

Meza’s MIT graduate school experience helped shape his understanding of design, culture, and technology, and served as inspiration for future projects addressing food production in urban landscapes. His career quickly transitioned from the arts to agriculture with a focus on food access. On a mission to cultivate, heal, and transform communities with access to fresh food, Meza co-founded Emerald Gardens with childhood friend Dave Demerling in 2017. Using passive solar greenhouse design Emerald Gardens grows, harvests, and distributes microgreens and edible flowers to restaurants, grocery stores, food pantries, and individuals in the Denver/Boulder area. Meza is the chair of membership and outreach for Mile High Farmers, the local chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union. He is also a member of the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, and a board member of the High Plains Food Co-op.

“I’m excited to be a part of The STEAD School and can’t wait to see how this school and its students not only transform the community but also help drive the evolution of agriculture as we continue to look for ways to feed the world’s population while being good stewards of the environment,” Meza said.

The STEAD School is reimagining high school education and the student experience. Focused on Science, Technology, Environment, Agriculture and systems Design, STEAD uses project-based learning to empower students to engage in and solve complex global food, health, energy, and environmental issues. In addition to expanding its board, The STEAD School is also accepting interest forms from prospective students and their families. Visit for more information.

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Amy Schwartz