Oded Holzinger, Rivers and Trails Manager

Oded is an urban planner with a strong passion for environmental justice, community planning and outdoor education. He worked as an outdoor educator and regional manager for a nonprofit working with youth from marginalized communities in Israel. After moving to the U.S., Oded worked as a site manager for a summer camp in the Catskills, where he also helped to develop a unique outdoor education program bringing high schoolers from underserved communities in the NYC Metro Area for wilderness training programs on the camp grounds. After starting his advanced academic studies, Oded interned with the NYC Department of Transportation Bicycle and Greenway Group where he helped to plan and design bike lanes and greenways all over NYC. Prior to joining Groundwork Hudson Valley, Oded worked as a community planning fellow with Brooklyn Community Board 14 on developing a neighborhood greening project. In addition, Oded is a licensed drone pilot who is interested in the intersection between technology and environmental conservation.As Groundwork’s Rivers and Trails Program Manager,  he will be coordinating work on greenway development and watershed restoration, bringing together his passion for the natural environment, community engagement, environmental education and planning.

Oded holds a BA in Urban and Environmental Geography with a certificate in GIS from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s in Urban Planning with a focus on Environmental Planning from Hunter College.