Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Steven Marx, President

Steven Marx has been an active volunteer with Central Coast Grown since 2007. He is a retired professor of English and Environmental Studies at Cal Poly. He organized the Cal Poly Land Project and edited Cal Poly Land: A Field Guide.





Brian Engleton, Member

Brian Engleton, Vice President

Brian originally moved to the central coast in 1998 to pursue a BS in Electrical Engineering from Calpoly. Brian is a passionate supporter of outdoor education and local agriculture. He enjoys gardening at his home in Atascadero with his wife, daughter and border collie. Brian has worked as an Electrical Engineer, a High School Physics teacher, an outdoor educator. Currently, Brian works for PG&E at Diablo Canyon Power Plant as a Senior Reactor Operator. ( Written May 2018) 




Ty Griffin, Treasurer

Ty Griffin, Treasurer

Ty Griffin has spent most of his career as the business manager for a series of small software companies. He has designed accounting software and comes to his bookkeeping/accounting knowledge from the technical side. Ty moved from LA to SLO with his wife and young children in 1976, liked it quite a bit and therefore stayed for 40 years and counting. He joined the CCG board in May 2017. (Written September 2017)





Dr. John Phillips

Dr. John Phillips, Secretary

Dr. John Phillips was raised on a small, family farm in Washington. He is an emeritus professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he spent 35 years teaching various Crop Science courses, and supervised the activities of the Cal Poly Organic Farm since its inception in 2000. He was active in departmental curriculum review and was instrumental in creating four interdisciplinary courses, three of which are general education courses: Specialties: Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Farming, and Holistic Management.





Josh Carmichael, Board Member




Josh Carmichael is the owner of Carmichael Environmental Design & Build, a firm which specializes in creating sustainable land use strategies for residential and commercial property development, as well as wildland restoration and community park spaces. He is a longtime local community organizer, environmental steward, and resident of San Luis Obispo County with many years of experience in environmental consulting, green building, and educational outreach projects statewide.  Josh joined the CCG board in February 2016.






Jill Caggiano, Board Member

Jill Caggiano is a transplant to SLO from the east coast.  She began her farming career there in 2016 after spending many years in the restaurant and event industries.  One day of working outside and there was no going back inside!  Jill joined City Farm as a volunteer and board member in November 2017.  She lives in San Luis Obispo with her husband and 2 dogs.






Tony Girolo, Board Member

Tony Girolo was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Tony holds a Master Degree of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and works for the County Department of Social Services. Tony’s interest in learning more about farming and sustainability led him to City Farm where he began participating in the weekend work days and quickly became more involved by joining the Board. Tony’s vision for City Farm is consistent with the other committed board members who see the 19 acres as a valuable asset to the Central Coast community.