Tyler is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Urban Blooms. A native of Cincinnati, his entire professional career has been devoted to the cultivation of living walls and sustainability, following his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, where he majored in Environmental Engineering and minored in Entrepreneurship. Since then, he has put his education to work, developing a proprietary system for interior and exterior living wall mounting and irrigation and establishing a nonprofit devoted to sustainability and beautification. Tyler believes that the combination of technology and design has the power to positively impact our ecosystem, and this philosophy is the driving force behind Urban Blooms. Tyler aims to spread this philosophy to an even wider audience and improve sustainability and livability for all communities.
Lily Turner is a 2009 graduate of Walnut Hills High School and a veteran of AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region Class XVI. After working with several non-profits in AmeriCorps, she developed a passion for improving communities in need. In early 2014 Turner co-founded Urban Blooms with partner Tyler Wolf, and has since dedicated herself to serving the neighborhoods of her native Cincinnati through service and urban-beautification projects. Turner serves as the Outreach Director for Urban Blooms while working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner School of Business.
Joseph is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and has been interested in design and visual arts from a young age. He graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a bachelor’s in Industrial Design and has an associate’s degree in Entrepreneurial Business. Joseph owns and operates the design firm Lufalubu LLC and serves as the Creative Director for Urban Blooms.
Louis brings a passion for healthy, local, sustainable food systems and over three years’ professional experience in Cininnati-area nonprofits to Urban Blooms, where he helps develops its mission, key relationships, business/operations model, and board governance.
Louis has previously worked through LISC-Americorps for Price Hill Will and Santa Maria Community Services in Cincinnati’s Price Hill neighborhood, as well as the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
Louis graduated from the DAAP School at the University of Cincinnati in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, with a minor in Global Health. While working towards his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, Louis volunteered with several community garden projects and participated in sustainable/local food conferences in Cincinnati and Atlanta. Louis is excited for the opportunity to utilize his academic and professional background in community planning and non-profit administration for his home community’s benefit through activities he is passionate about.
Eric Van Deusen began his work with Urban Blooms as a student at the Ohio State University. Eric is among one of the first graduating classes from the state-of-the-art EEDS Program (Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability), and his personal interest in design lead him to collaborate with Environmental Engineer and current Director of Urban Blooms, Tyler Wolf. Eric lead the on-site planning and funding for the Howlett Hall Living Wall and is now a Senior Project Manager with Urban Blooms. With an academic background mainly in environmental economics and policy analysis, Eric’s position with the non-profit company has propelled him towards a future in green building consulting and he plans to attain a master’s degree in Sustainable Design. Eric is currently conducting research that investigates the potential energy efficiency and biodiversity enhancement benefits of living walls, which he hopes will promote the innovation as a holistic approach to urban development.