Krysten Aguilar, food planning and policy specialist, La Semilla Food Center Wednesday, 11:15-12:45 pm: Local Policy “Test Kitchens”
KRYSTEN AGUILAR is the Food Planning and Policy Advocacy Specialist at La Semilla Food Center, a non-profit focused on building a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. La Semilla works with children, youth, and families to build awareness around food issues, provide informed analysis, and create alternatives for healthier environments and communities. Krysten’s work is centered on local planning and policy efforts including food policy council […]
work, regional food planning, urban agriculture policies and plans, healthy food access initiatives, community outreach and grassroots organizing, and advocating for good food policies at the local and state level. Krysten holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and a master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on food studies. Over the past several years, she has been involved in various pursuits, including studying tropical marine ecology, assistant teaching a summer workshop on Medicinal Plants of the Southwest, working with Native American farmers in northern New Mexico to conserve the cultural and biological diversity of traditional farming practices, and creating a Farm to Preschool program. She lives in Las Cruces, NM, with her two children.
Deborah Atwood, executive director, AGree Wednesday, 9:00-10:45 am: Plenary: Agriculture and Water Quality
DEBORAH ATWOOD is the Executive Director of AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy. Her diverse experiences working for Congress, multiple administrations, and the private sector on policy issues related to food, agriculture, the environment, energy and fisheries have prepared her for the collaborative and substance-driven work of AGree. Deb has held senior-level positions at Mars, Inc., the National Pork Producers Council, the American Meat Institute, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. She serves on the board of ACDI-VOCA, an agriculture development nonprofit organization working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Charles “Chuck” Benbrook, president, Benbrook Consulting Services Wednesday, 11:15-12:45 am: Federal and Private Funding of Research
DR. CHARLES “CHUCK” BENBROOK has done research on the impacts of agricultural systems, technology, and policy on the performance of the food and fiber system. He is a recognized expert on pest management systems, pesticide use and regulation, and the environmental and public health consequences of farming system choices. Over the last 15 years he has also become deeply involved in the debate over agricultural biotechnology. Benbrook worked in Washington, D.C. on agricultural policy, science and regulatory issues from 1979 through 1997. He served for 1.5 years as the agricultural staff expert on the Council for Environmental Quality; from 1981-1983, he was the Executive Director of the […]
Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives; from 1984-1990, served as the Executive Director, Board on Agriculture, National Academy of Sciences; he has run Benbrook Consulting Services since 1991. From 2006-2012, Chuck served as the Chief Scientist of The Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on the environmental and consmer health benefits of organic food and farming. From mid-2012 through May 15, 2015, he served as a Research Profressor at Washington State University, where he led the “Measure to Manage” program. Benbrook has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He has written nearly three-dozen peer reviewed articles in a wide range of technical journals and served on many committees and boards. Dr. Benbrook can be reached at email@example.com, or by phone at 541-828-7918.
Claire Benjamin DiMattina, executive director, Food Policy Action Thursday, 10:45 am-12:15 pm: Media, Messaging, and Movement Building
CLAIRE BENJAMIN DIMATTINA is the Executive Director of Food Policy Action. In her role at FPA, Claire directs the organizations efforts to raise the political profile of food policy. She is a food policy expert having spent 9 years on capitol hill working on sustainable agriculture and food issues. Prior to joining Food Policy Action, Claire served as Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s (D-ME) legislative director, leading the congresswoman’s efforts to reform federal food and farm policy. Claire grew up in Vermont, and attended University of Vermont; she resides in Washington, DC with her husband Andrew.
Hillary Bisnett, national procurement director, Healthy Food in Health Care Program, Health Care Without Harm Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary: Market Forces
HILLARY BISNETT is the National Procurement Director for Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care Program. She coordinates a national health system Market Transformation Group focused on increasing the production, procurement and labeling of meat and poultry raised without routine, non-therapeutic antibiotics. She also lends her time to developing cross-sector procurement strategies as well as supporting HCWH regional organizers to implement value-chain activities. Previously, she worked for the Ecology Center building their state-wide program recruiting more than forty hospitals to source local, […]
sustainable foods and co-led the development of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and its local purchasing campaign called Cultivate Michigan. Ms. Bisnett has also consulted on various hospital projects including management of a farmers market, farm-to-hospital initiatives and sustainability education and tours for one of the first LEED certified hospitals in the country. She grew up on a family farm in southwest Michigan, holds a degree in Sustainable Business and in Culinary Arts.
Kelly Brownell, dean, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University Thursday, 8:30-10:15 am: Plenary: Linking Sustainable Food and Health for Policy Change
KELLY BROWNELL is Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where he is also Robert L. Flowers Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. In 2006 Time magazine listed Kelly Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People” in its special Time 100 issue featuring those “.. whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world.” Brownell was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2006 and has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Graduate […]
Mentoring Award from Yale, the James McKeen Cattell Award from the New York Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rutgers University, and the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Brownell was at Yale University where he was the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. While at Yale he served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and as Master of Silliman College. Dr. Brownell has published 15 books and more than 350 scientific articles and chapters. He has served as President of several national organizations and has advised the White House, members of congress, governors, world health and nutrition organizations, and media leaders on issues of nutrition, obesity, and public policy.
Joe Colletti, senior associate dean, College of Agriculture, Iowa State University Wednesday, 11:15-12:45 am: Federal and Private Funding of Research
JOE COLLETTI is the senior associate dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University and, the associate director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. He has served in those positions since 2006. He oversees budgets, research and personnel for the college and Experiment Station. He also facilitates research planning and activities related to the bioeconomy and, in particular, development of Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm. Colletti joined Iowa State in 1978 as a member of the forestry department faculty. He served as interim chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management from 2004-2005. His research areas focus on the […]
economics of agroforestry, management of streamside buffer systems on farmland and biorenewable resources. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in forestry and natural resources economics, decision-making and management. Colletti earned his doctorate and master’s degree in forest economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry at Humboldt State University.
Scott Cullen, executive director, GRACE Communications Foundation Thursday, 10:45 am-12:15 pm: Media, Messaging, and Movement Building
SCOTT CULLEN is the Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation, which highlights the interconnections of food, water and energy, educating consumers, advocates, and policy makers through web-based initiatives like the Ecocentric blog, Eat Well Guide, The Meatrix, Sustainable Table, Meatless Monday, Healthy Monday, and Kids Cook Monday. Scott is an environmental attorney and previously worked on coastal and marine conservation issues with the Nature Conservancy and on energy issues with various non-profits. He has […]
also served on several county, state, and federal advisory committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association; the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network; and the Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Board.
Kathleen De Chadenedes, director, The School Food Initiative, Orfalea Foundation Wednesday, 11:15-12:45 pm: Local Policy “Test Kitchens”
KATHLEEN DE CHADENEDES is a professional chef and sustainable agriculture advocate with an academic background in food science and human nutrition. Kathleen was instrumental in the creation of the Central Coast Agriculture Network and served on the Advisory Board of the California Polytechnic University College of Agriculture Center for Sustainability. After a varied career in the food service industry, Kathleen transitioned to the non-profit sector overseeing nutrition services for Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and State […]
Migrant child care programs. She currently directs the School Food Initiative for the Orfalea Foundation serves on the Steering Committee for Partners for Fit Youth, a county-wide health and wellness coalition, and is a member of the Executive Team for the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.
Brian Depew, executive director, Center for Rural Affairs Thursday, 10:45-12:15 am: New Challenges for New Farmers: Populating America’s Farmland
BRIAN DEPEW is Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs. He also serves on the Board of the National Young Farmers Coalition, the REAMP Climate Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Brian has appeared widely in the media on farm and rural issues including the Des Moines Register, the Omaha World Herald, the Washington Post, Bloomberg News, and New York Times. Brian is a native of rural Iowa where his family still farms. When not at the office, Brian can be found splitting wood, building fence, and caring for a large garden and a small flock of sheep where he lives outside of Lyons, Nebraska.
Sara Eckhouse, chief of staff, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary: Market Forces
SARA ECKHOUSE serves as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets. With a multi-billion dollar budget and over 4,000 employees, AMS programs create opportunities for all segments of American agriculture, including by providing services and grant investments that bolster economic development in communities around the country. Since joining AMS is April 2012, Sara has advised the Administrator on the full range of agency activities. She has particularly focused on policies and strategies that support USDA and AMS priorities related to organic agriculture, local and regional food systems, and access to healthy food. From 2010 to 2012, Sara […]
worked as a Legislative Assistant and Assistant to the Senate Liaison at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Prior to that, she was a Special Assistant at USDA for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. Sara also worked as a Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Sara’s interest in agriculture and food systems grew after her parents started La Quercia, which works with sustainable producers to make prosciutto and other cured pork products in Norwalk, Iowa. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Chuck Eggert, founder and president, Pacific Foods Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary: Market Forces
CHUCK EGGERT has been a part of the natural foods industry for more than 28 years. As Founder and President of Pacific Foods, Chuck has seen the company grow from its early beginnings as a soymilk producer into the thriving business it is today, producing a wide array of soups and sauces, broths, non-dairy beverages, meals and sides. Founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon, Pacific Foods is inspiring people to know more about their food, where it comes from and how it’s grown by delivering delicious, local and organic foods made with respect for the land, animals and people. In 2001, Chuck and his family started farming operations and to-date they have converted over 4,000 acres to organic land, focusing on […]
Certified Organic crop production and high welfare, pasture-based animal husbandry. Chuck received a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Washington State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. An avid reader and antiquarian, Chuck has assembled a library with over 5,000 books on old-world cooking and agriculture, with many titles dating back centuries. He lives with his family in Oregon, where he divides his time between his farms and the Pacific Foods test kitchen.
Donnelle Eller, Reporter, Agriculture, Environment, Energy, The Des Moines Register Thursday, 10:45 am-12:15 pm: Media, Messaging, and Movement Building DONNELLE ELLER is a reporter at the Des Moines Register, covering agriculture, the environment and energy. She’s been at the Register for 16 years, first as an assistant business editor, then as a reporter, covering the economy during the Great Recession. Before that, she worked at newspapers in Florida, Oklahoma and at two other Iowa cities, editing and covering state and local government.
Neil Hamilton, professor of law and director of Agricultural Law Center, Drake University Law School Wednesday, 9:00-10:45 am: Plenary: Agriculture and Water Quality
NEIL HAMILTON is the Dwight D. Opperman Chair of Law and Director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He has directed the Center since 1983 and helped establish its national and international reputation for excellence in research, education and public extension on food policy, agricultural law and rural development. He is past-president of the American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) and has authored several books, including the nationally award winning What Farmers Need to Know About […]
Environmental Law (1990) and the Legal Guide to Direct Farm Marketing (1999). He has written numerous law review articles on topics such as: food democracy, rural lands, intellectual property rights and plant genetics, the future of agricultural law, sustainable agricultural land tenure, agricultural industrialization, and production contracts. He has conducted legal seminars throughout the U.S. and in twenty foreign countries. He was on the Advisory Board of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University from 1987 to 2008. He is on the boards of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Food Corps, and the Seed Savers Exchange. From 2000 to 2006 he chaired the Iowa Food Policy Council and today serves as an informal adviser to U.S secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. He has a B.S. from Iowa State Univ., 1976 in Forestry and Economics, and a J.D. from Univ. of Iowa. He and his wife Khanh own Sunstead Farm near Waukee, Iowa and raise produce and flowers for local restaurants.
Alicia Harvie, advocacy & issues director, Farm Aid Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues ALICIA HARVIE is Farm Aid’s Advocacy & Issues Director, where she focuses on advocacy, research, issues analysis and policy work to advance family farm agriculture. Previous to her six-plus years with Farm Aid, Alicia earned a masters degree from the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Tufts Friedman School for Nutrition Science & Policy and worked at Oxfam America’s domestic programs office.
Susan Heathcote, water program director, Iowa Environmental Council Wednesday, 9:00-10:45 am: Plenary: Agriculture and Water Quality
SUSAN HEATHCOTE is the Water Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, a nonprofit coalition of 65 organizations in Iowa. Susan joined the Council in 1996 and provides leadership for the Council on a number of issues, including agricultural nonpoint source pollution, livestock manure management, water quality monitoring, water quality standards, and restoration of impaired waters. In 2007, Susan was appointed by Governor Culver to serve on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, which oversees Environmental Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Susan was recently appointed by […]
Iowa’s current Governor Branstad to serve on the Watershed Improvement Review Board that provides state assistance to local watershed projects seeking to restore impaired waters. In addition to her work at the Council, Susan serves on the steering committee and as co-chair of the agricultural workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative, a partnership of organizations from states bordering the Mississippi River that work together to reduce pollution affecting the Mississippi River and its tributaries as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
Dawn Hernandez, former city councilwoman, Postville, IA Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
DAWN HERNANDEZ is currently a second year law student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dawn has a master’s degree in Human Services and is a former member of the City Council in Postville, Iowa. She has held positions at the state, county, and individual community level working with immigrants, and has firsthand knowledge of the impact of immigration policy on rural America, agricultural workers, and individuals otherwise involved with food production. In 2008 Dawn was in Postville, Iowa when the community’s largest employer experienced the nation’s largest single-site immigration raid to that date. Dawn’s […]
experience, along with her involvement in Postville’s subsequent recovery, has solidified her desire to continue working with immigrants and migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Dawn has focused her studies and work experience at Drake to prepare her to promote ethical and sustainable immigration policy change.
Bruce Hirsch, executive director, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Wednesday, 11:15-12:45 am: Federal and Private Funding of Research
BRUCE HIRSCH is executive director of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, a position he has held since 1990. The foundation has a strong commitment to sustainable agriculture and food systems. Bruce is a former co-chair of SAFSF and a member of the steering committee of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food.
KIMBERLEY HODGSON is the founder of Cultivating Healthy Places, an international consulting business specializing in community health, social equity and sustainable food systems planning. As a certified planner and health professional, her work focuses on conducting policy-relevant research and providing technical assistance to the public and private sectors related to the design and development of healthy, sustainable places. Hodgson is currently a co-investigator of a $3.96 million grant awarded to the University at Buffalo by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, […]
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Systems Program. The project, Growing Food Connections, will generate knowledge about the effectiveness of local and regional government policies in improving food security in underserved communities, strengthening the resilience of rural communities, and/or supporting the economic viability of food production, and will build the capacity of local and regional governments to adopt and implement these policies. She is the author of Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems, co-author of Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy Sustainable Places and co-author of the Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System. Ms. Hodgson is a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council. She holds an undergraduate degree from New York University in pre-medicine, a Master of Science in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning with a specialization in community health and sustainability from Virginia Tech.
Ferd Hoefner, policy director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
FERD HOEFNER, Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), has been the group’s senior Washington, D.C. representative since its founding in 1988. NSAC is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of over 100 grassroots farm, food, conservation, and rural organizations from all regions of the country to advocate for federal policies supporting the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. Among the programs that NSAC has developed, championed, and won are Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Wetlands Reserve Program, […]
Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, Beginning Farmer Down Payment Loan Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Farm to School Grants, Whole Farm Revenue Protection, and National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, to name just a few. Prior to NSAC, Hoefner for nearly a decade represented Interfaith Action for Economic Justice and its predecessor, the Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy, on federal policy on farm, food, environment, and international development issues. He has also served as a policy consultant to Bread for the World, Center for Rural Affairs, Conference on Alternative State and Local Public Policies, Land Stewardship Project, Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs, and U.S. Catholic Conference, among others. Hoefner is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and is a graduate of Oberlin College, with graduate work in ethics and economics at Wesley Seminary and American University. He currently serves on the Board of the Riley Memorial Foundation and the advisory board of AGree.
Greg Horner, senior program officer, Cedar Tree Foundation Thursday, 10:45-12:15 am: New Challenges for New Farmers: Populating America’s Farmland
GREGORY HORNER is a senior program officer at the Cedar Tree Foundation in Boston, where he directs the sustainable agriculture program; that program currently seeks to address major barriers to the success of beginning farmers, as well as advancing urban agriculture and increasing wholesale demand for sustainably grown food. Greg has worked for nonprofits in environmental education, conservation science and land conservation. He is a Middlebury College graduate and he earned a Master’s degree in natural resources policy and behavior from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. Greg lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife, two young girls, four backyard […]
chickens and trillions of microbes in his healthy garden soil. If he’s not in the garden you can find him riding bikes or kayaking.
Wendy Johnson, farmer; secretary (at-large), Practical Farmers of Iowa Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
WENDY JOHNSON is a crop and livestock farmer in Northeast Iowa. Five years ago, she moved from Los Angeles to the family farm to work for and begin the management transition process of conventionally farmed corn and soybean acres from her father to her. In addition, Wendy has started her own farm business, Joia Food Farm that grows organic crops and livestock for a full-cycle, sustainable farm, on a small-scale. Her hope is to one day combine both farm businesses together as one, diversifying her family farm for better resiliency and […]
strength in the years to come. She feels that diversity will: lead to greater stability, give strength to deal with recurring climate and economic adversity, and will run parallel to her own values as a farmer and producer of food. Wendy’s education and work background is not in agriculture, but felt a strong pull to continue the farming tradition and also to grow and raise tangible food. Her connection to food actually started while living away from the family farm, not while growing up surrounded by it. Wendy is a board member of Practical Farmers of Iowa and Healthy Harvest of North Iowa, and founder/creator of Clark Street Community Gardens.
Sonia Kendrick, founding farmer, Feed Iowa First Thursday, 10:45-12:15 am: New Challenges for New Farmers: Populating America’s Farmland
SONIA KENDRICK served in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003-2004, graduated cum laude from Iowa State University in Agronomy, and holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Food Systems. Founding farmer of Feed Iowa First, whose mission is to confront food insecurity today and tomorrow by growing food and farmers. She is also the chair of her county’s food systems council, a White House awarded Champion of Change, and last but most importantly a mother.
Celinda Lake, president, Lake Research Partners Thursday, 10:45 am-12:15 pm: Media, Messaging, and Movement Building
CELINDA LAKE is a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives. She currently serves as President of Lake Research Partners. Lake’s polling and strategic advice has helped candidates such as Jon Tester, Senator Debbie Stabenow, and Governor Bob Wise defeat incumbent Republicans and her expertise guided Senator Mark Begich to victory, making him the first Senate candidate in Alaska to oust the incumbent in 50 years. She has focused on women candidates and women’s concerns, having worked for Speaker Pelosi, Governor Janet Napolitano, Senator Debbie Stabenow, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Mayor […]
Carolyn Goodman, Mayor Annise Parker, and over a dozen women to the House and Senate. Celinda worked for the largest independent expenditure to take back the House and has been a key player in campaigns launched by progressive groups such as the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, Vote Vets, HRC, and EMILY’s List. Lake co-authored the book What Women Really Want with Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, which examines the way women are changing the political landscape in America, and she also served as pollster for Senator Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential bid. She worked with innovative message projects that helped redefine language on the economy, inequality, big money in politics, climate change, public schools, teachers, and criminal justice reform.
Jana Linderman, president, Iowa Farmers Union Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm: Plenary: Market Forces
JANA LINDERMAN is the President of the Iowa Farmers Union, a grassroots farm organization that works to support the independent family farm through educational programs, cooperative business development and legislative advocacy. Jana was first elected as IFU President in 2013 and has served on the IFU Board of Directors since 2008. She also currently serves on the Executive Committee for the National Farmers Union Board of Directors. Jana grew up on a family farm in North Dakota and is the 4th generation to work in her family’s farming operation. She and her parents currently raise spring wheat and small […]
grains, as well as non-GMO food-grade soybeans that are direct marketed to processors in Japan. Jana’s long-term goals for the family farm include a transition to organic production and starting a farm-to-glass craft distillery using the grains grown on the farm. Jana received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and International Studies from Iowa State University in 2001 and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. She is a licensed attorney in Iowa and North Dakota and has previously worked in both private practice and as an environmental attorney with a nonprofit law center. Jana lives with her husband Phillip and son Samuel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Denisa Livingston, community health advocate, Diné Community Advocacy Alliance Thursday, 8:30-10:15 am: Plenary: Linking Sustainable Food and Health for Policy Change
DENISA LIVINGSTON is a tribal member of the Navajo Nation and a resident of the Four Corners area. Her mission is improving the lives of others and her purpose – to empower her community. She is committed to addressing the diabetes epidemic, the dominant culture of unhealthy foods, and the lack of healthy food access on the Navajo Nation. Denisa is a volunteer leader, legislative speaker, and community health advocate for the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA). DCAA has been globally recognized for the successful passage of several laws, the first of its kind in a food desert: Elimination of Tax on Healthy Foods, an […]
Unhealthy Foods Tax or the Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, and a tax revenue allocation for Community Wellness Projects. From the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Denisa received a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Health degree. She is a graduate of the Leadership San Juan Program and is a current class member of the Leadership New Mexico Connect Program. She was featured in the Washington Post live event – America Answers: Changing the Menu, Gourmet News Magazine, TV Tokyo, Mother Jones, Civil Eats, Al-Jazeera America, NPR, and others. When she is not working from her mobile office and traveling to Tribal Hill, she enjoys the outdoors with her Japanese Akita, cooking, creating healthy recipes, designing jewelry or creating inspiring photo collages for social media. Denisa is passionate about servant leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook, or Twitter: @PrincesseDenisa.
Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director and co-founder, National Young Farmers Coalition Thursday, 10:45-12:15 am: New Challenges for New Farmers: Populating America’s Farmland
LINDSEY LUSHER SHUTE is the Executive Director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition, a membership-based organization dedicated to the success of the next generation of American farmers. NYFC leads grassroots advocacy on federal policy, provides business services and organizes farmer networks in 28 states. Lindsey is a leading advocate for independent and sustainable farms and has been featured in news outlets including NPR, The New York Times and National Geographic. Lindsey and her husband Benjamin Shute own and manage Hearty Roots Community Farm, a 900-member CSA farm, in the Hudson River Valley. youngfarmers.org and heartyroots.com.
Adam Mason, state policy director, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
ADAM MASON is the State Policy Organizing Director at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI). He directs the Farming and Environmental Organizing Project at Iowa CCI, working with staff and members to support family farmers, rural and urban Iowans in confronting the impacts of corporate agriculture; ensuring the enforcement of environmental rules and regulations, and pushing for better policies. Adam grew up on a small family farm in northwest Iowa, and graduated with a degree in Political Science and German from Central College in Pella, IA.
Barbara Millen, president, Millennium Prevention, Inc. Thursday, 8:30-10:15 am: Plenary: Linking Sustainable Food and Health for Policy Change
BARBARA MILLEN is currently President of Boston Nutrition Foundation, Inc. (BNF), an academic consulting firm and President of Millennium Prevention, Inc. (MP), a private life sciences corporation with a public health mission. Millennium provides comprehensive, evidence-based web and mobile platforms under the trademark HealthMain (healthmain.com and myhealthmain.com). These next-generation e-resources build on $30+MM in landmark research and provide a comprehensive framework for lifestyle risk assessment and innovative strategies for managing preventable chronic disease including: overweight and obesity, […]
hypertension and heart disease, diabetes and diet-related cancers. Until founding BNF and MN, Dr. Millen was Professor of Family Medicine and Graduate Medical Sciences at Boston University School of Medicine, where she was founding Chair of the Graduate Programs in Medical Nutrition Sciences and the Director of Nutrition Research at the internationally-renown, Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Millen is an expert in the nutritional epidemiology of chronic diseases and population aging. Dr. Millen earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. She served (2008-2013) on the National Institutes of Health expert panels on Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Intervention Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction. She chaired the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She has authored four books on health-related topics and has hundreds of professional research publications and invited presentations. She received the Elaine Monsen Award of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation which recognizes an outstanding ‘body of research that benefits the health professions and the world.
Dr. Linda Rae Murray, adjunct assistant professor, University of Illinois School of Public Health Thursday, 8:30-10:15 am: Plenary: Linking Sustainable Food and Health for Policy Change
DR. LINDA RAE MURRAY has spent her career serving the medically under served. She has worked in a variety of settings including practicing Occupational Medicine at a Workers Clinic in Canada, Residency Director for Occupational Medicine at Meharry Medical College, and Bureau Chief for the Chicago Department of Health under Mayor Harold Washington. Dr. Murray worked as Medical Director of the federally funded health center, Winfield Moody, serving Cabrini Green Public Housing Project in Chicago. Dr. Murray has been an active […]
member of a wide range of local and national organizations including serving as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Board of Directors of Trinity Health ( a large Catholic Health system).
In 1997 Dr. Murray returned to the Cook County Health System where she served as Chief Medical Officer – Primary Care for the twenty three primary care and community health centers comprising the Ambulatory & Community Health Network of the Cook County Bureau of Health Services; and served as an attending physician in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Cook County Hospital. The Cook County Health and Hospitals System is one of the nation’s largest public system of medical care and operates two hospitals, the public health department for suburban Cook County, health services a County Jail and the network of health Centers (ACHN) operated by the County. She retired from her position as the Chief Medical officer for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health & Hospital System , the PHAB accredited and state certified public health department for suburban Cook County. Dr. Murray has worked in leadership roles in many public health organizations including NACCHO’s (National Association of City & County Health Officers) Health Equity and Social Justice Team, the national executive board of APHA. During 2011 she served as President of the American Public Health Association.
Today she continues to practice as a general internist at Woodlawn Health Center and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School of Public Health (Occupational & Environmental Health and Health Policy and Administration Departments). She serves on many boards including the Chicago based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and chairs the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). She remains passionate about increasing the number of Black and Latino health professionals and serves on the Urban Health Program Community Advisory Committee at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Murray is devoting the rest of her career to being an enthusiastic full time trouble maker. She has been a voice for social justice and health as a basic human right for over fifty years.
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
Bill Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa who grows corn and soybeans. Northey returned to Spirit Lake to farm with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981. He was reelected to his third term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November of 2014, winning with 62 percent of the vote and receiving more votes than any other candidate in the state. As Secretary, Northey has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture. These meetings allow him to listen to their needs and better lead […]
the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as it seeks to serve the people of the state. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are advancing science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water and reaching out to all Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.
Rod Snyder, president, Field to Market Wednesday, 2:00-4:30 pm: Plenary: Regional Lens on National Issues
ROD SNYDER has served as president of Field to Market since March 2014. Prior to this role, Snyder held positions as Public Policy Director for the National Corn Growers Association and Government Affairs Leader for CropLife America. He is particularly recognized for his work at the intersection of agricultural and environmental issues. He has previously served on the board of directors of the Conservation Technology and Information Center, on the steering committee of the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council, on the executive committee of Field to Market, and as chair of the Pesticide Policy Coalition. He resides on his family’s farm in Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.
Bill Stowe, ceo and general manager, Des Moines Water Works Wednesday, 9:00-10:45 am: Plenary: Agriculture and Water Quality
BILL STOWE is the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). DMWW is a regional utility that protects public health and promotes economic development by delivering outstanding quality water affordably in reliable quantities. DMWW works closely with business, environmental, consumer and agricultural leaders to advocate for better stewardship of water resources and clean water initiatives throughout Central Iowa. Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts, and received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Loyola University Law […]
School. Bill sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, representing the largest drinking water utilities in North America. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Iowa Bar Association. He frequently acts through the American Arbitration Association as an impartial arbitrator in resolving complex construction and commercial disputes involving public and private construction projects.