Scraps team

Christi Turner

founder / CEO


Bicycles and all things pedal-powered = love.
Waste, wastefulness & their impacts = motivation.
Composting, compost, rebuilding our soil while repairing our climate = magic.
Community-based development work in Madagascar & elsewhere = inspiration.

Christi has worked in sustainability, sustainable community development, environmental communications & environmental journalism throughout her career. Her nearly seven years in Madagascar profoundly marked her life, in large part because of the incredible ingenuity (and scrappiness!) of her community, and their ability to collectively accomplish so much with so relatively few resources.

Christi is also a vegan of 17 years, car-free for 5 years, a committed minimalist and tiny-house obsessed.

Scraps rests upon this foundation, and is nurtured by Christi's deep love for Denver that has continued to grow over her more than five years here. 

contact: christi at scrapsmilehigh dot com


Charlotte (Charlie) Harrold

compost collector extraordinaire


Born and raised in South Jersey, Charlie never envisioned she would end up in Colorado until she received a scholarship to Naropa University in Boulder. She graduated in May 2017 with a BA in peace and conflict studies. 

Charlie joined the Scraps team in March 2018. She'd never imagined doing a job so outdoorsy, labor-intensive, messy, dirty, and sometimes stinky, but she loves it more than any job she’s ever had. Charlie has always known she wasn't made for an office job, so being able to make a living while being outside, being physically active, getting sweaty, playing with food, all while making a positive difference in the community has been a dream.

 Charlie always had a passion for social justice matters, with concentrations in gender studies, poverty, restorative justice and intimate partner violence - the topic of her senior thesis project. It was not until after she finished school that her interest in environmental justice arose, and she had the serendipity of meeting Christi! 

Charlie believes that in order to inspire and create change in the world, one must accept that social issues and environmental issues are completely interrelated, intersected and interconnected.

contact: charlie at scrapsmilehigh dot com


Sophia Mar

Scrapper & communications associate


Volleyball had been 110% of Sophia’s life since she was nine years old. After graduating from UC Davis and finishing up her collegiate volleyball career she was eager to discover what her passion was. With a degree in Graphic Design she took on many different projects, but it wasn’t until she began to explore vegetarianism, then veganism that she realized how important sustainability is.

Moving to Denver in the summer of 2018, she knew that her next career path would involve sustainability. Discovering Scraps could not have been more perfect. Sophia loves educating others on the importance of sustainability and actively making a difference in this effort. We all need to make an effort to take care of our planet and it is so easy to do so! Besides Scrappin’ Sophia is a spin instructor at Shift Cycle and loves cooking up some mean vegan recipes.

contact: sophia at scrapsmilehigh dot com


Alexa Rosenstein

operations & growth associate


After three years in the corporate world, first in sales and later in tech, Alexa felt a deep longing to change course and pursue a career in sustainability. She left Washington, D.C. for Denver in the summer of 2018 and began her search for a company, any company that sought to do good for the planet. After sifting through a myriad of office jobs, she found Scraps and immediately knew that she had stumbled upon something special. Never did she imagine being able to have a direct and measurable impact on one of the most frustrating, salient and preventable issues of our time – food waste.

Alexa graduated with a degree in public policy, then worked for a small startup in business development and process engineering, among other roles. She is excited to be furthering the Scraps mission through policy & advocacy work at the local and state levels, as well as focusing on the operational side of the business. As far as Alexa is concerned, there’s no better feeling than at the end of a long day of collecting compost… on bike, of course!

contact: alexa at scrapsmilehigh dot com


Graham Gardner

membership engagement & event adviser


First introduced to gardening by his grandparents, Graham has been growing, planting, designing, learning & botanizing for more than 30 years.

Having recently relocated to Denver from Providence, Graham immediately gravitated toward + sought out the folks leading the charge for a more biophilic + sustainable city.

While earning his degree in Landscape Architecture he discovered an affinity for sustainable design, low impact development, and historic preservation. In addition to providing landscape design and consultation services to private residential clients, he has assisted environmental non-profit organizations with strategic planning, marketing, and graphic design.

With a keen interest in ecological design, Graham continues to educate others about native plant communities, invasive plant management, habitat restoration, and green infrastructure, and COMPOST!
 

contact: graham at scrapsmilehigh dot com


Joel Cruz

sustainability intern


Joel is a Colorado native, currently attending the University of Colorado Denver where he is pursuing a major in entrepreneurship with a minor in sustainability and political science. Committed to deepening the Auraria campus and CU Denver commitment to a more sustainable city, Joel was recently elected president of the campus environmental club. Interning at Scraps, Joel has met others who are sustainability driven, developed his leadership skills, and reinforced his own sustainability values along the way. 

Some of his favorite experiences at Scraps: dumping the compostables at Scraps' dropoff points, marveling over the variety of colors of food, and of course seeing passersby in the alley curious as to why he's having such a good time handling decomposing food. Cruising through the streets on the Scraps trike is always a hoot, he says, especially when he's hauling a particularly heavy load and onlookers either stare with confusion, or applaud. 

contact: joel at scrapsmilehigh dot com