We are ANEW
We are ANEW. Founded in 2005, we started the movement. ANEW is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization that’s doing what’s right with what’s left®. We empower companies to reject the status quo of liquidation to landfill, instead offering sustainable surplus stewardship solutions that include resale, recycling, and repurposing furniture, fixtures & equipment and stewarding them to charities, non-profits, public agencies and underserved communities.
Rose Tourje began ANEW after a successful career in commercial interior design. Combining extensive experience as a leading manager and strategist with a passion for design excellence, she flourished at EPR, Sussman Prejza, ISD, IA, AECOM, and Warner Bros. As her leadership role advanced, Rose found her specific niche in procurement, taking practical cost-effective & sustainable measures by sourcing locally and regionally whenever possible. This caused her to look more closely at industry practices as a whole, noting that the surplus furniture and equipment liquidation process was antiquated and overlooked. She assumed in the early days of the green movement that others were liquidating responsibly, but discovered that although companies were doing their best by reselling and recycling to a small degree, there were no wide scale systems in the works. With more study, Rose found that most unneeded materials in the construction field were being sent directly to landfill. After 30 years of a design career, she decided to leave and start ANEW. This approach furthers public services, strengthens communities and helps the environment. In addition to helming ANEW, Rose educates and advises students, companies, and the industries of the built environment about the positive outcomes and lasting benefits when social, economic and environmental responsibility are engaged. She leads by doing, starting with the end in mind.
Vice President Operations
A proven self-starter, Rock is a global Corporate Real Estate professional with extensive experience in lease negotiations/transactions, strategic real-estate portfolio acquisition and disposition, planning and development, financial modeling, space design, construction and project management, facilities management and employee management. More importantly, he always endeavors to be at the forefront of all things sustainable.
Why ANEW? As Rock himself says, "I have been blessed to work in Commercial Real Estate for close to 30 years. I can't imagine how much FF&E and construction waste I have diverted into landfills. ANEW has now given me the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth – one chair, one desk, one computer, one light fixture at a time. I want to help you do the right thing – doing what’s right with what’s left®. Let's save Mother Earth together!"
Rock also leads the ANEW CEU (continuing education units) program, giving presentations to commercial real estate, design and furniture manufacturing professionals nationwide.
Senior Corporate Relocation Manager
John brings many years' experience in commercial real estate to the ANEW team. With a focus on project management, facilities & relocation management and sustainable practices, his expertise is a great fit with our work. The scope of his skill and acumen are perhaps best shown in a major campus restack project he headed: relocating 1,300 employees in 25 moves from 11 locations, while renovating 300,000 square feet of commercial space in 5 buildings. John's manages projects with a high level of detail awareness, strong organization and personal engagement .
Video Media Communications
Media veteran Glenn Sparks brings a wealth of experience in broadcast media and client relations to ANEW. He produces and directs ANEWmedia projects including ANEW short documentaries, videos for partners and sponsors, and online marketing & development. Glenn also writes articles on sustainability and community wellness & advancement for outside publications as well as ANEWmedia.
Glenn enjoyed twenty years in the studio as recording engineer, mixer and producer, doing post-audio on thousands of commercials and working with talent as diverse as Mel Torme and U2. He also wrote ad copy, eventually going freelance to write and produce radio and tv commercials, then worked a four year stint in marketing and customer relations with Virgin Atlantic Airways, learning the deep secrets of branding from the master himself, Richard Branson.
Nicky Kaplan, LEED AP
Vice President of Business Development
Nicky is principal at Nicky Kaplan Interiors (NKI), a full service design firm specializing in all aspects of interior architecture and design. Prior to founding her firm in 2012, she worked for over a decade as a senior designer at Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum on projects for high profile clients such as Fox, Disney, Activision, WPP, Morley Builders and Deluxe Digital Media. In 2005 she was recognized by Perspective Magazine as one of five young ‘Rising Stars’ in the industry.
Nicky draws on a rich background of international experiences which have included living in South Africa, Canada and both coasts of the US as well as extensive travels. She holds a degree in Interior Design from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and has been practicing in all aspects of interior design since the mid 1990's. She is also a LEED AP.
Her work with Goodwill Southern California provided an opportunity to reconnect with Rose Tourje and ANEW some seven years after their initial introduction. She now joins our team as Vice President of Development.
Nicky plans to continue her work in the non-profit realm as she feels this is where design is the most rewarding. Her goal is to create ‘good design for good people’: environments that inspire and enrich the lives of others.
Assistant Project Manager
A Los Angeles native, Emily grew up traveling the country and learning its history on summer road trips with her family. She's quite resourceful and runs two upcycling businesses which bring together her love of vintage objects and a desire to provide the objects a second act. One business repurposes vintage jewelry, the other rents vintage china for parties. Working at ANEW brings together Emily's passion for giving back to our communities and planet, and helping future generations become more educated and resourceful with recycling and community advancement.