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Gigi Rapetti worked for many years in advertising and marketing in the pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries, and as an office manager for a collective of independent artists, before joining Clearwater. She also volunteered in Manhattan as an Urban Park Ranger in Inwood Hill Park planting trees, putting out forest fires with dirt, weeding invasive plant species, and introducing kids to the tidal basin.
Growing up along the Croton and Hudson Rivers, Gigi was able to attend several Clearwater Festivals. The most was memorable was as teenager, she volunteered to help out on site and was recruited to be a litter-picker. Having been raised by avid recyclers and activists, but having never seen it done on a grand scale as it was at Croton Point Park, she was impressed. Afterwards, the volunteers were very fortunate to go back to Pete and Toshi’s house, where they encouraged everyone to take the fight to Albany to continue to let our state senators and representatives know that more action was needed to save our environment. During college, Gigi returned to Albany to demonstrate against SUNY tuition hikes and was active with NY Public Interest Research Group. More recently, she helped create organic gardens with Groundworks in Yonkers. Gigi returned to Clearwater (first as a volunteer) just in time to help celebrate the anniversary of founder Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the launching of the sloop, including creating some special celebratory merchandise. She looks forward to helping Clearwater move towards a future of improved environmental justice for all.