Success After Service: Former Corpsmembers Turn Into Business Owners

Colin MacDonald, a ’99 alum of EarthCorps, owns a private consulting firm with Steven Humphreys. Restoration Logistics takes a private approach to the environmental restoration work that EarthCorps and other nonprofits complete. The business works to bridge the gap between the science of ecology and the restoration projects taking place on the ground in the Puget Sound region. Working on both the consulting and contracting sides of ecological restoration, Restoration Logistics designs plans to improve and maintain natural habitats.


Aisha Dorn, an alum and graduate of Civic Works Community Lot program and B’more Green Environmental Certification program, now owns her own environmental management business, Lifeline Environmental, with her husband. Before starting her own business Aisha worked with a temp agency just one week after she completed her training. At her new job she met her husband Marc, who was injured at a worksite due to unsafe practices. Safety is important to Aisha and she felt that she could enter the industry on her own, making the jobs safe, correct, and efficient. It was this passion that led her and Marc to start Lifeline Environmental and since its creation they have seen much success. Many of her clients are nonprofits, including Civic Works where Lifeline was hired to help with the Clifton Mansion renovation process. Says Aisha, “it’s just such a strong network to be a part of.”


Revan Qajar, a graduate and former staff member of Urban Corps San Diego, started his own photography studio in El Cajon! His business, San Diego Stars Photography, provides professional photography and cinematography packages for all occasions.


Christy Jensen, an alum of Utah Conservation Corps, started her own craft kombucha brewery (lightly fermented tea with probiotic qualities) in Salt Lake City. Her business, Mamachari Kombucha, has gotten off to a great start, being sold in local restaurants and farmers’ markets. She has even found the need to expand and move production to a larger space! “Mamachari” means “mother’s bicycle” in Japanese, which reflects Christy’s love of bikes. Aside from her business, Christy also started a Womyn’s Wrench Night where women can bring their bikes and learn how to fix them.