ANGELA ADRAR joined the Our Power Campaign and Climate Justice Alliance as executive director in 2016, bringing communities together to address the root causes of our climate catastrophe. Angela, a Latinx immigrant, proudly comes from a lineage of women farmers and labor activists in Colombia. She has been a leader and outspoken advocate for powerful and grounded social movements led by women for decades, including legacy organizations such as the Rural Coalition, La Via Campesina North America, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, and Ecohermanas. In 2015, she co-coordinated the Campesino to Campesino Agroecology Encounter in the southeast with the Farmworkers of Florida, focused on the just transition of farmworkers from a toxic working environment to community sustained agriculture production. This has seeded the development of the Farmacia Popular, a visionary herbal, art, and cultural center by and for farmworkers to connect to their ancestral roots and culture. The next year, Angela co-coordinated the Mid-Atlantic Agroecology Encounter at Black Dirt Farm focused on liberation through agroecology for black, brown, and queer intergenerational participants. Angela has worked with fishers and farmers in the U.S., Colombia, West Africa, and Vietnam on participatory and spiritual earth-based management at the intersection of agriculture, energy, and climate. She brings her collective leadership experience to complement Climate Justice Alliance’s already leader-full movement of more than 40+ grassroots organizations and its evolving food sovereignty and just transition work.
LAUREN BAKER, PhD has more than 20 years of experience working on food system issues. Her expertise ranges from research on maize agrobiodiversity in Mexico to negotiating and developing municipal food policy and programs. Lauren currently works as a consultant with the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, supporting their strategic initiatives and programs. Previously, Lauren was a food policy specialist with the Toronto Food Policy Council, leading a citizen advisory group embedded within the city of Toronto’s public health division. She has consulted on farm to fork initiatives and food policy development across Canada, and in Mexico, Cuba, France, and the Netherlands. Lauren’s past work includes serving as founding director of Sustain Ontario; board of director roles with Everdale Environmental Learning Centre and Food Secure Canada; and starting Canada’s first certified organic rooftop farm. Lauren teaches at the University of Toronto and is a research associate with Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security. She is the author of Corn Meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico (2013).
TERRELL T. “RED” BAKER has been director of the School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) since April 2017. The SFRC is comprised of three academic units, including fisheries and aquatic sciences, forest resources and conservation, and geomatics, and offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, minors and online courses, as well as research and Extension programs across all of these discipline areas. The SFRC supports 55 permanent and 30 grant-funded and joint faculty, 40 permanent staff, and nearly 750 students (undergraduate, graduate, and certificate-seeking). Before joining the SFRC, Red served as chair of the Department of Forestry in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. From 1998 to 2010, Red served as riparian specialist (60% Extension, 40% research) with the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and conducted educational and research programs in forested and streamside environments throughout the Southwest. During his last several years at NMSU, Red was the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Range Improvement Task Force in the College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, where he and his colleagues helped mediate natural resource conflicts on public lands throughout the state. Dr. Baker currently serves as research chair for the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (NAUFRP) and has previously served as chair of that organization’s southern region. He is the author of more than 100 scientific and educational publications and has a BA in economics (University of the South, Sewanee, TN), a MS in forestry (Clemson University, Clemson, SC), and a PhD in forest biology (Auburn University, Auburn, AL). In his spare time Red enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hunting, and fishing.
JIM BARHAM is an agricultural economist for USDA’s Rural Development agency. Jim obtained a MA in cultural anthropology and a PhD in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida. Before joining the USDA, Jim worked extensively in the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean with a number of nonprofit organizations and government agencies on agricultural development projects targeting smallholder producers. Jim joined USDA in 2007 where he has worked to improve marketing opportunities for small and mid-size producers through a combination of research, technical assistance, and grant support. Jim has presented research and published a number of articles on regional food hubs, food value chains, local food distribution, and food service procurement. He is also the program lead for the newly established Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which is housed in Rural Development.
SARAH BELL is program director for The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation, and directs the Foundation’s program in ecological agriculture and regional food systems. She sits on the boards of Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA and the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and holds a BA in both English literature and French from the University of Colorado. An enthusiastic supporter of permaculture and former student at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, Sarah lives in San Francisco with her husband and two sons.
SHAMAR BIBBINS serves as a program officer for the Environment Program at The Kresge Foundation, where her grantmaking supports policies and programs that help communities build resilience in the face of climate change. Shamar plays a lead role in managing the Environment ProgramÕs Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity Initiative. That initiative supports community-based nonprofit organizations seeking to influence local and regional climate resilience planning, policy development and implementation while reflecting the priorities and needs of low-income people. She also contributes to the development and implementation of program strategies. ÒI am guided by a deep passion for social, economic and climate justice for underrepresented communities,Ó Shamar says. ÒSupporting place-based innovation and helping build the field of climate resilience is an honor.Ó Shamar joined Kresge in 2014, bringing a history of engagement in environmental efforts and a commitment to action on climate change. She previously served as the director of national partnerships at Green For All, a national nonprofit dedicated to building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Shamar earned a bachelorÕs degree in science, technology, and society from Vassar College and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Fukushima University where she conducted research on environmental social movements in Japan.
CARLENE CHASE has a 20% teaching, 80% research appointment in the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Her teaching responsibilities include instruction of undergraduate and graduate sections of the course, Weed Management for Organic and Sustainable Cropping Systems. She is also responsible for Horticultural Sciences Seminar, during which graduate students present their research proposals. Carlene supervises graduate students in the horticultural sciences department and in the interdisciplinary ecology program of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She also serves on graduate committees and hosts undergraduate interns. Her areas of research emphasis are ecological weed management, sustainable and organic horticultural cropping systems, and biology and ecology of weedy plants. In seeking to reduce the environmental footprint of weed management, much of Carlene’s work involves evaluating cover crops and living mulches for their utility in suppressing weeds. Current research areas include cover crops that suppress plant-parasitic nematodes in addition to weeds, cover crop polycultures, and sustainable and organic strawberry cropping systems. She has served as the project director of four multistate, multidisciplinary projects funded at more than $3 million with a focus on ecological approaches to pest management and sustainable crop production.
WHITNEY KIMBALL COE serves at the Center for Rural Strategies as director of national programs and coordinates the National Rural Assembly, a rural movement made up of activities and partnerships geared toward building better policy and more opportunity across the country. She also coordinates Congressional briefings for policymakers and funders on pressing rural issues. Before joining the Rural Strategies staff, Whitney served as assistant editor of Appalachian Journal, an academic regional journal based in Boone, North Carolina. She has a master’s degree in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University in North Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Queens University of Charlotte. Whitney lives in her hometown of Athens, a small city in East Tennessee.
JULIET COHEN has served as the executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper since January 2015. Juliet was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There she grew up surrounded by and immersed in pristine tropical waters and rainforests, and developed a love and respect for the natural world. Juliet earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and political science from the University of Miami, Florida, in 1995, with an emphasis in marine biology. After earning her undergraduate degree, Juliet worked in Washington, D.C. for an environmental education organization, Earth Force. Later she moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to work for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League as program manager for the South Carolina More Than a Port project, and volunteered as conservation chair for the local Sierra Club chapter. In 2001, Juliet began studying law at American UniversityÕs Washington College of Law where she served on the American University Law Review. She graduated in 2004 with honors magna cum laude and a member of Order of the Coif. From 2005 to 2007, Juliet worked as a staff attorney for the Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals. Juliet and her husband, Jeffrey, reside in Brookhaven, GA along with their three children.
DARA COOPER is a national organizer with the National Black Food and Justice Alliance, an alliance of black-led organizations working towards national Black food and land justice. She is also an organizer with the HEAL (Health Environment Agriculture and Labor) Food Alliance and completed a southern tour interviewing Black farmers, co-ops, and food hubs throughout the south with the Center for Social Inclusion. Dara is the former director of the W.K. Kellogg-funded NYC Food and Fitness Partnership in Brooklyn, NY, where she worked on creating and strengthening Black farmers markets, developing a community based local food hub, and creating a farm to headstart program in Brooklyn in partnership with Corbin Hill Food Project, a local food hub. Prior to this work, Dara led the launch and expansion of Fresh Moves (Chicago), an award-winning mobile produce market with community health programming, which quickly became a nationally recognized model for healthy food distribution and community-based self-determination and empowerment. A former Uganda Bold Food Fellow (exchange program between professionals in the U.S. and East Africa), Kalamazoo Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Food Justice Fellow, National Alliance Against Racist Political Repression Human Rights Awardee, and a member of Black Farmers Urban Gardeners, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and Friends of Cooperation Jackson (MS), she believes in the power of people organizing and investing in self-determining, sustainable communities worldwide. Dara is based in Philadelphia, PA.
TIM CROSBY leads the Thread Fund that focuses on business development and financing for healthy and sustainable food enterprises. Tim is coordinator of the Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, steering committee member for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders, participant in the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, founding board member for the Partners for Rural Washington, and a partner with Social Venture Partners. Previously, Tim was director of Slow Money Northwest and a professional photographer for 15 years. Tim lives in Edmonds, WA with his wife and two daughters, and coached club soccer for eleven years. He holds an MBA in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a BA in anthropology from Kenyon College.
SCOTT CULLEN is the executive director at GRACE Communications Foundation. He is also an environmental attorney and previously worked on coastal and marine conservation issues with The Nature Conservancy and on energy issues with various nonprofits. Scott has also served on several county, state and federal advisory committees and is a member of the board of directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Network, as well as the Vermont Law School Environmental Advisory Board.
TRISHALA DEB is the regional director, Asia at Thousand Currents and has worked at the intersection of a variety of issues, including immigrant and refugee rights, gender justice, anti-violence and militarization, community organizing based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and supporting the capacity building efforts of emerging grassroots organizations. Previously, she worked the Caring Across Generations campaign bringing together home care workers, consumers, and families. She also coordinated a program for immigrants at the Audre Lorde Project, a community organizing center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, and trans people of color in New York City; and has worked with the Arcus Foundation and Public Interest Projects. Trishala has served on the advisory board of the National Network of Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and worked with Migrant Rights International as well as the Steering Committee of Grassroots Global Justice to connect issues of migration, sustainable development, and economic justice with organizations in the Global South as well as the United States.
NIAZ DORRY is the coordinating director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. She and her dog, Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massachusetts–the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S. Her dog Hailey is one of the lucky dogs who survived Hurricane Katrina and is Niaz’ daily reminder of all the fishing communities that have yet to be rebuilt since the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and other disasters. Niaz began working with small-scale, traditional, and indigenous fishing communities in the U.S. and from around the globe as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. She then went on to work on advancing the rights and ecological benefits of small-scale fishing communities as a means of protecting global marine biodiversity independently. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The Planet for this work. Her fisheries articles appear regularly in Fishermen’s Voice and SAMUDRA and a range of other publications. Niaz’ work and approach have been noted in a number of books including Against the Tide, Deeper Shade of Green, The Spirit’s Terrain, Vanishing Species, The Great Gulf, Swimming in Circles, A Troublemaker’s Teaparty, and The Doryman’s Reflection. She is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out as well as Art of Leadership trainings. She serves on the executive committee of the National Family Farm Coalition and Granite State Fish as well as an advisor to the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and Global Environment. Before joining NAMA, Niaz served as the interim chief operations officer for the Healthy Building Network.
CRYSTAL ECHO HAWK (Pawnee) is president and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. Echo Hawk Consulting advises a number of philanthropic clients on grantmaking, program development, research, communications, strategic partnerships and policy change strategies. Areas of expertise include Native American food sovereignty, nutrition, health, early childhood development, revitalization of Native languages, and issues related to the protection of tribal sovereignty, spiritual and cultural life ways and Native American youth. Echo Hawk Consulting is also co-leading an unprecedented national initiative, Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions. The project will develop public opinion research and a national strategy to tackle misconceptions, stereotypes, and the invisibility and false narratives about Native peoples within mainstream media, government, and American society. Native Americans will be empowered to begin to change the hearts and minds of policymakers, institutions, and society to achieve policy changes and increase equity and inclusion that will improve the lives of Native peoples. Ultimately, the project will drive a multi-year strategy and campaign that will catalyze key federal and state policy changes ranging from health care, education disparity, food justice, and criminal justice reform to issues of sovereignty and natural resource exploitation. Before leading Echo Hawk Consulting, Crystal served as the executive director for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation from 2009-2014. During her tenure, Crystal helped grow the NB3 Foundation from a small grassroots organization to an organization that reinvested more than $9.7 million to fight the health epidemic facing Native children through strategic grantmaking, health and wellness programming, technical assistance, research and advocacy that benefitted more than 50 Native American communities, tribes, and 24,000 Native children.
JEANNIE ECONOMOS is the pesticide safety and environmental health project coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida. Jeannie has worked for more than 20 years on issues of the environment, environmental justice, indigenous and immigrants’ rights, labor, peace, and social justice. From 1996-2001, she worked for the Farmworker Association of Florida as the Lake Apopka project coordinator, addressing issues of job loss, displacement, and health problems for the farmworkers who worked on the farm lands on Lake Apopka prior to the closing of the farms in 1998. From 2007 through the present, she has been the coordinator of the pesticide health and safety program of the organization, which includes annually training more than 500 farmworkers in Florida on their rights and protections in the workplace and how to protect themselves and their families from pesticide exposure. Jeannie is also engaged in local, state, national, and international coalitions and collaborations related to farmworker rights and health and safety, pesticide reduction, sustainable agriculture, and food sovereignty. She is currently co-coordinator of the Lake Apopka Farmworkers Memorial Quilt Project, whose purpose is to raise awareness about the impacts of pesticides on the former farmworkers on Lake Apopka.
ERIN EISENBERG is director of philanthropy at TomKat Foundation, Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor’s family foundation, which supports the conditions for healthy human and natural life by making grants to good money, good food, and good energy systems. TomKat Foundation emphasizes nonprofits that make the environmental case for sustainable animal agriculture, shift large demand towards healthy food, bolster access to beneficial banking, and enable the advanced energy economy. Grants strategies are informed by TomKat Ranch and Beneficial State Bank. TomKat Ranch is a learning laboratory for animal agriculture focused on climate stability, nature’s benefits, healthy food, biodiversity, and healthy community. Erin recently helped TomKat Ranch to use available scientific literature and modeling to assess the Ranch’s practice of blending conservation and production ranching to optimize carbon sequestration, water quality and availability, biodiversity, nutrition, animal welfare, and profit. Beneficial State Bank brings beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Erin previously served as executive director of CitySeed, a nonprofit building an equitable, local food system, and began her career at the Boston Children’s Museum. Erin earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. She and her family live in San Francisco.
JOHN FISK, PhD is the director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International. He has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable food and agricultural systems development, including training and application in research, program design, project management, philanthropy, and evaluation. Under his leadership, the Wallace Center has emerged as an innovative and national force in sustainable and regional food systems. Before joining the Wallace Center, John supported the work of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Food and Agriculture Systems, helping to develop and implement strategies and grantmaking in sustainable, local, and equitable food and farming systems. He was a founding board member of the Food Routes Network, which developed the Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign that is now active in more than 50 regions of the U.S., and currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and on the Advisory Board of ReFED, an organization focused on food waste reduction. John holds a PhD from Michigan State University in crop and soil sciences, where he was a C.S Mott Fellow in sustainable agriculture.
JODI A. GILLETTE (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota) currently serves as a policy advisor for the Sonosky firm, after serving as a political appointee under the administration of President Barack Obama from 2009-2015. During her tenure under the administration, Jodi played an integral role in multiple capacities. Most recently, she served as the special assistant to the president for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Subsequent to this, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant-Secretary Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, as the associate director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House, she implemented and institutionalized the President’s interactions with tribes and his administration. Previously, Ms. Gillette served as the executive director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck. She is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and sister of its tribal chairman.
DEVON HALL, SR. is the co-founder and current program manager of Rural Empowerment Association for Community Health (REACH). Devon is a native of Duplin County, North Carolina and lives there today, personally exposed to the impacts of swine and poultry operations concentrated in his community. Over the last decade, Devon has assisted in REACH’s collaboration with UNCÐChapel Hill and John Hopkins University on four water research projects, three air research projects, two pediatric health research projects, and four occupational health research projects. These projects include Community Health Effects of Hog Operations (CHIEHO) (with UNC-CH and Concerned Citizens of Tillery, NC, 2005; Duplin Environmental Health Awareness Project (with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an environmental justice small grant, 2005-2006); Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving grant (with the EPA, 2007-2010); Rural Air Pollutants and Children’s Health Education (with UNC-CH, 2007-2009); Community Environmental Awareness Project (with United Food And Commercial Workers, 2008-2009); Water Sampling Project (with UNIH, 2010-2011); Exposure to Bacteria and Viruses Among Livestock Workers (educating and testing livestock workers for the presence of methacillin resistant staphylococcus aureous (MRSA), with UNC-CH, 2011-2012); Exposure to MRSA and other viruses among household members (with UNC-CH and John Hopkins, 2013-2014); and Preventing Community Association MRSA in infants and young children (with UNC-CH and John Hopkins, 2013-2014).
WILL HARRIS is a fourth-generation cattleman who tends the same land that his great-grandfather settled in 1866. Born and raised at White Oak Pastures, Will left home to attend the University of Georgia’s School of Agriculture, where he was trained in the industrial farming methods that had taken hold after World War II. Will graduated in 1976 and returned to Bluffton, where he and his father continued to raise cattle using pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and antibiotics. They also fed their herd a high-carbohydrate diet of corn and soy. These tools did a fantastic job of taking the cost out of the system, but in the mid-1990’s Will became disenchanted with the excesses of these industrialized methods. They had created a monoculture for their cattle, and, as Will says, “nature abhors a monoculture.” In 1995, Will made the audacious decision to return to the farming methods his great-grandfather had used 130 years before. Since Will has successfully implemented these changes, he has been recognized all over the world as a leader in humane animal husbandry and environmental sustainability. Will is the immediate past president of the board of directors of Georgia Organics. He is the Beef Director of the American Grassfed Association, and was selected 2011 Business Person of the Year for Georgia by the Small Business Administration. Will lives in his family home on the property with his wife, Yvonne. He is the proud father of three daughters, Jessi, Jenni, and Jodi. His favorite place in the world to be is out in pastures, where he likes to have a big coffee at sunrise and a 750ml glass of wine at sunset.
CALVIN HEAD is the director of, and a farmer with, the Mileston Cooperative AssociationÐa network of farmers and youth who specialize in the growing and (modest) processing of fresh, locally grown produce. Calvin is a graduate of Mileston Elementary School and Tchula Att. Center. He graduated with honors from Mississippi Valley State University with a BS in social science. He completed his graduate studies in public administration at Jackson State University. He served as an AmeriCorps Vista has worked as a field tech soil conservation service consultant and as a program specialist for the Community Student Learning Center. Calvin is also a farmer, specializing in corn, peas, okra, squash, cabbages, peppers, melons, greens, broccoli, kale, and cauliflowers.
PATRICIA HILLIARD-NUNN, PhD earned her doctorate in mass communication from Florida State University in 1993. She owns Makare Publishing Company and works as an independent media producer. Her areas of research include media and culture, audience analysis, enslaved Africans in Alachua County, and African American history in Alachua County. Her creative practices include media production, West African dance, and mixed media art. Before teaching in African American studies, she taught “Black Women and Film” in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at the University of Florida and served various populations while working as a community organizer in Alachua County.
JANIE SIMMS HIPP, J.D., LL.M. is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves as the founding director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Before launching the Initiative, she served in the Obama Administration as the senior advisor for Tribal relations to Secretary Tom Vilsack, and prior to her appointment within the Office of the Secretary she served in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, as the National Program Leader for farm financial management, risk management education, trade adjustment assistance, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. She also served at USDA Risk Management Agency as the Risk Management Education Director. Before her work in Washington, DC, at the national level, she experienced a domestic and international career spanning more than thirty-five years in the field of agriculture and food law and has worked alongside the Intertribal Agriculture Council for more than twenty years. She has managed more than $500m in grant portfolios to date and has been a licensed attorney in Oklahoma since 1984; she specializes in the intersection of food and agriculture law and Indian law. She has been recognized as distinguished alumni at her LL.M. alma mater, University of Arkansas; as distinguished alumni at her J.D. alma mater, Oklahoma City University; received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama for her national commitment to volunteer service; and most recently received the National Center for American Indian Economic Development’s 2017 Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year Award.
TAMARA JONES draws on more than 20 years of experience providing strategic leadership that helps her clients overcome barriers to unlocking the full power of their mission. Her skill at leading organizations through effective planning and implementation led to her being honored as a 2011 White House Champion of Change. She currently serves as a member of the executive committee for the Social Enterprise Alliance Greater Atlanta Chapter (which aims to strengthen the capacity of business enterprises dedicated to providing a social good) and as a board director of The Common Market Georgia (which connects small and mid-sized farmers with large institutional buyers).
REVEREND RICHARD JOYNER is the pastor of Conetoe (pronounced ‘Con-ee-tah’) Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and the director of Conetoe Family Life Center in Conetoe, NC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and served in the United States Army. Rev. Joyner also serves as chaplain at Nash Health Care Systems and is a certified clinical pastoral counselor. As the youngest son of a sharecropper, Reverend Joyner gained knowledge of agriculture in North Carolina and the value of hard work. Through his love of farming and children, he helped establish two community gardens that train children how to farm and instill in them the value of family, service and stewardship. Reverend Joyner is a recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award, and of a Purpose Prize honoring social entrepreneurs over the age of 60; he was also one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes for 2015.
ANDREW KANG BARTLETT has worked as the national associate with the Presbyterian Church (USA) Hunger Program in Louisville, KY since 2001, after leaving San Francisco in foggy gentrification. In Louisville, Andrew is active on the Food in Neighborhoods Community Coalition, the steering committee for the future Louisville Food Co-op, Black Lives Matter Police Accountability Team, Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the West Louisville Community Council. The Hunger Program’s work revolves around building economically and racially just and sustainable local food economies in the U.S. and globally through collaborative work with partners, coalitions, and social movements that address the systems and structures perpetuating poverty, exploitation, and oppression. Andrew coordinates the U.S.-based grantmaking program, and serves on the National Farm Worker Ministry board and the steering committee of SAFSF.
WARREN KING has thirty years work and experience in the food and agricultural industry, including development of local and regional food businesses. He has served as the project manager of Fresno FoodLINC, creating working groups of food buyers, farmers, and landowners to expand local food markets; initiatives manager of the Wallace CenterÕs Pasture Project, focused on expanding grass-fed beef supply chain and sustainable land management in the Upper Midwest; interim general manager of Food Commons Fresno, a proof of concept business model for food enterprises that uses community ownership to promote economic development and wealth creation; and farm business advisor to Serosun Farms, an Ôagri-hoodÕ in NW Illinois that integrates sustainable farming into eco-friendly housing community. He has conducted feasibility studies and business-marketing plans to successfully implement multiple projects related to food hubs and values-based supply chains. This work includes leading ChicagoÕs Englewood community to develop an urban agriculture plan and serving as a member of a consulting team that developed the Washington Park Urban Agriculture plan, which led to the development of the Perry Street Urban Farm. Warren spent the majority of his professional career with Cargill, Inc., where he served as an assistant vice-president. He currently serves as the principal of WellSpring Ltd, a company that promotes the stewardship of natural resources by providing services to communities, government, not-for-profits and businesses, with an emphasis on the development of local and regional food systems. He is also currently involved in projects to develop community food enterprises and promote regenerative agricultural in the Midwest and California and assist family farms to participate in wholesale and retail value chains, including The Pasture Project, a collaborative effort to increase grass-based agriculture in the Upper Midwest. He serves on the boards of Kidz Express, Seven Generations Ahead, and The Food Commons. Warren has an MBA from DePaul University and a bachelorÕs in economics and international relations from the University of California-Davis.
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 on grassroots organizing campaigns to support family farmers and rural and urban Iowans in confronting the impacts of corporate agriculture and factory farms, ensuring the enforcement of environmental rules and regulations, and pushing for better policies that put people and planet first. 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.
KAREN McSWAIN is director of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s (CFSA) farm services and food systems programs. She received her BS in crop and soil science from Cornell University and her MS in horticulture and sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University. Mrs. McSwain directs CFSA’s technical assistance and direct consulting programs for: 1) start-up food projects; 2) conventional growers transitioning to certified organic production, beginning farmers interested in organic certification, and farmers interested in using organic production practices through our Organic Transition program; 3) farmers using Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs to take advantage of federal funding for conservation projects through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program-Organic Initiative (EQIP-OI); and 4) assistance to farmers who want to become GAPs certified by offering trainings. She also co-directs the Elma C. Lomax Farm, an incubator and research farm in Concord, NC. Current research projects include an evaluation of grafted versus non-grafted heirloom tomatoes grown in high tunnels, and the utility of the Haney Soil Nutrient Tool to accurately access soil nutrient availability on organic farms. She is currently supervising the development of an on-farm infrastructure toolkit, a high tunnel micro-irrigation guide, and an organic grain elevator feasibility study. She has supervised the development of additional resources for organic production, including the Organic Transition Handbook, the Organic Produce Marketing Survey, and Organic Enterprise Budgets for High-demand Organic Commodities.
LEE MEYER is a professor in sustainable agriculture and agricultural economics at the University of Kentucky, with a PhD from Purdue. His professional work has been targeted toward farmer-focused marketing, including beginning farmer training, direct marketing of meat products, farm transitions and organic corn. Lee taught Global Food Issues until 2015, and guest lectures on world food issues and the role of livestock systems in sustainability. He has worked on long-term projects in Thailand and Poland and shorter projects in several other countries. Lee chairs UK’s undergrad Sustainable Ag major, and at the university level, chairs the Faculty Sustainability Committee and co-chairs the UK President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. He has served as Southern SARE’s (USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grants program) liaison to the Land Grant Universities since 2006, chairs the Lexington Parks Board, and serves on the boards of Seedleaf (community gardening) and WildOnes (native plants). Lee is married, with three adult children and five grandchildren all living in Kentucky. He enjoys gardening, running, playing with grandkids, biking, cooking, and eating good food with friends.
STEVEN C. MOORE is a 1979 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. He began his legal career as a Vista volunteer helping to establish the Indian Law Unit of Idaho Legal Services. Moore joined the Native American Rights Fund in 1983 as a staff attorney, where he has represented Indian tribes in litigating federal Indian reserved water rights in federal and state courts in Idaho, California, and Kansas; in the Congressional approval of the settlement of reserved water rights; in the protection of Native American sacred lands in Montana, Hawaii, Wyoming, Texas, and California; in the repatriation of human remains from museums in Colorado and Nebraska; in the possession of and religious use of peyote by members of the Native American Church; in the rights of Native prisoners in Utah, Idaho, and California to wear traditional long hair, possess religious articles, and have access to sweat lodges and Native spiritual leaders; in the right of Native students to wear eagle feathers at public high school graduations in California, North Dakota, and North Carolina, and to wear long hair in public schools in Louisiana; in the enforcement of the federal trust responsibility in the areas of oil and gas production on Indian lands in Oklahoma and in the delivery of Indian health care in Montana; and in the right of reindeer herders in Alaska to sell reindeer products free of federal income taxation. In May 2016 Moore received an Honorary Order of the Coif award from his alma mater, Colorado Law. Moore is also the 2008 recipient of the Pierce-Hickerson Award from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association of Washington, D.C. Moore established the Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative at NARF a decade ago. Moore also has been appointed by the last three lieutenant governors to serve on the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, and proudly served on the advisory committee to the Indian Law Clinic at Colorado Law.
MALINI MORAGHAN is a principal at DAISA Enterprises, managing the Kresge Foundation’s National Program Office. Malini has spent years balancing margin and mission, working at the intersection of impact investments and food and agriculture. She is the former Managing Director of Investments at Wholesome Wave, where she launched and led an impact investments team that structured millions in patient, flexible investment into regional food enterprises and successfully exited an experimental PRI. She has worked with a variety of businesses and across a range of investor types focused on integrating financial viability and social impact. Malini also closely advises family funds, national foundations, and USDA career leaders. She has been nationally recognized as an expert, speaking at the White House Rural Council ROI Summits, USDA’s AgOutlook, SSAWG, SAFSF, OFN, and SARL conferences. Malini serves on the Joint Federal Reserve-USDA Publication Advisory Committee. She is a founding Board member of Red Hills Small Farm Alliance and a past Board Member of a Feeding America food bank. Before she owned farm-grade rubber boots, Malini spent a decade in the private sector. She was an engagement manager with McKinsey & Co., served her community as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and cut her teeth as an investment banker at JPMorgan in New York. She has an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union. She is a CFA Level II Candidate and she is based in Chicago.
ARTHUR NEAL, JR. serves as the deputy administrator of the Transportation and Marketing (TM) Program under the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in Washington, DC.
To help accomplish the agency’s mission of facilitating the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products, Arthur provides leadership and direction for the agency’s multi-million dollar grant programs that support the development and growth of local and regional food systems, as well as fund research that addresses marketing challenges for agriculture industries. He leads a talented team that is responsible for providing economic analysis on bulk agricultural transportation from farm to market and improving market access for local and regional agricultural producers.
Arthur, a native of Louisiana, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and A&M College, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the Scottish Agricultural College in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK). Arthur and his wife reside in the Washington, DC metro area.
DOUG O’BRIEN joined the National Cooperative Business Association after serving as senior advisor for rural affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council. Before his work with the White House, O’Brien served in leadership positions at the USDA, where he led initiatives to create economic opportunities and improve the quality of life in rural communities. He has also served as chair of the Rural Working Group of the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development, as senior advisor to governors, assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and counsel on the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee.
PAUL ORTIZ is the director of the award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and associate professor of history at the University of Florida. His publications include the Emancipation Betrayed (University of California Press) a history of the Black Freedom struggle in Florida, and Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South (New Press), which went into its 4th printing in 2014. He is the recipient of several book awards, including the Lillian Smith Book Prize conferred by the Southern Regional Council, and the Harry T. and Harriett V. Moore Book Prize bestowed by the Florida Historical Society and the Florida Institute of Technology. His forthcoming monograph is titled: Our Separate Struggles are Really One: African American and Latino Histories, and will be published by Beacon Press as part of its ReVisioning American History series. He is also co-authoring the forthcoming book Behind the Veil: African Americans in the Age of Segregation, 1895-1965 with William H. Chafe. Paul has published essays in a wide array of publications including Latino Studies, The Oral History Review, Radical History Review, Truthout, Against the Current, Southern Exposure and McClatchy News Services. He writes frequently for the popular press about African American and Latino histories and politics. He has been interviewed by ABC News, the Washington Post, the Hong Kong Daily Apple, BBC, Russia Today News, Agencia De Noticias Del Estado Mexicano, and Time on historical and contemporary social issues. He served as president of the Oral History Association for the 2014-2015 term, and previously served as vice-president as well as chair of the nominating committee for the OHA. Professor Ort’z received his Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2000. He earned his bachelorÕs degree from the Evergreen State College in 1990 in history and political economy after transferring from Olympic Community College.
STEPHANIE PENG collects and interprets data for the National Committee of Responsive Philanthropy’s research projects, including As the South Grows. Prior to being a research associate with NCRP, Stephanie was a graduate research fellow for NCRP’s Philamplify initiative, assisting with assessments of the New York Community Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation. A native of New Jersey, Stephanie holds a BA in international affairs from American University and a MA in comparative and regional studies from American University.
LEAH PENNIMAN is an educator, farmer, writer, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She is committed to dismantling the oppressive structures that misguide our food system, reconnecting marginalized communities to land, and upholding our responsibility to steward the land the nourishes us. Leah coordinates a subsidized farm share program that provides life-giving food for families in food apartheid neighborhoods. She also runs training programs for aspiring Black and Latino activist-farmers, an on-farm restorative justice program that is an alternative to incarceration for area teens, and uprooting racism training for intersectional activists. Leah holds an MA in science education and BA in environmental science and international development from Clark University. She has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. Leah’s work as a farmer and educator has been recognized by the Fulbright Program, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, Andrew Goodman Foundation, and others.
ROBERT J. POTTS is president and CEO of the Dixon Water Foundation. From 2004 through the summer of 2007, Potts was the general manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, a regional regulatory agency created by the Texas Legislature to manage, enhance, and protect the Edwards Aquifer, which spans eight counties in south central Texas, serves as the primary water source for more than one and a half million people, and supports numerous springs in the area, including the two largest springs west of the Mississippi River. From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Potts worked at the Nature Conservancy where he held several positions, including state director of Texas and vice president for the South Central Division, managing the conservation work in Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Mr. Potts previously practiced law with the firm of Baker and Botts in Houston, where he focused on international and corporate issues. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University in 1984 and a BA degree from Baylor University in 1980.
SANJAY RAWAL has more than a decade’s experience in developing strategy for a diverse array of projects in over forty nations, involving dozens of luminaries, Heads of States, business leaders, government officials, entertainers, and community representatives, crafting specialized initiatives focused on making a measurable impact. Sanjay has assisted in the development, launch, and management of a number of high-profile philanthropic endeavors both domestically and abroad. He has a BA in molecular and cell biology and neurobiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an award-winning filmmaker (Food Chains) and has been quoted by major media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC. Sanjay is currently finishing a film on ultradistance running with a focus on the Navajo and San bushmen. He is beginning a new film this summer on Native American food sovereignty.
CHRISTINE REEVES STRIGARO is the executive director of The Sapelo Foundation, a private family foundation with a mission to Òpromote progressive social change affecting vulnerable populations, rural communities, and the natural environment in the state of Georgia.Ó Christine is dedicated to the strength and vibrancy of vulnerable communities and the protection of their environments. In doing so, the laboratory of philanthropy has become her medium. She aligns all philanthropic resources to build partnerships, weave networks, share stories, spark ideas, discover solutions for root causes of problems, and identify those who are most affected by problems as protagonists, not recipients. With equal conviction, she believes philanthropy is a team sport that champions grantee partners and other stakeholders. Previously, she served as director of Foundation Programs at Alliance for Justice and as senior field associate at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Currently, she serves as a board member for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Christine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She received her masterÕs degree from Duke UniversityÕs Terry Sanford School of Public Policy in Durham, NC.
KRISTEN RICHARDSON-FRICK joined The Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program area in 2012. An ordained elder in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, she had previously served as associate and senior pastor at several United Methodist churches in South Carolina as well as a certified ministry coach. As a program officer at the Endowment, she helps resource-thriving rural United Methodist congregations in North Carolina perform greater service to their communities. In that role, she also works with the two United Methodist conferences in the state and Duke University’s Divinity School to enhance ministry in rural places.
TOBY RITTNER is the president and CEO of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). CDFA is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private, and nonprofit development entities. Members are state, county, and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs. Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council, which includes management of a 32-member board of directors and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources, and networking initiatives.
Mr. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences and events focused on economic development finance. He has been featured extensively in The Bond Buyer, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, and other national media publications concerning the advancement of development finance tools. He is the author of CDFA’s highly acclaimed Practitioner’s Guide to Economic Development Finance and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches planning for sustainable economic development finance. Mr. Rittner is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). He has also advised state and federal government leaders, including President Obama’s Administration Transition Team, on economic development finance policy.
Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the director of legislative affairs and former director of training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner has also worked for the Franklin County, OH Board of Commissioners Community and Economic Development Department as a senior program coordinator and as an associate planner for the City of Gahanna, OH. Mr. Rittner previously served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I, LLC and the Advisory Board for Heritage Ohio. Mr. Rittner holds a bachelor of arts in political science and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University. Mr. Rittner was awarded the Ohio State College of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016.
SARA RUMMEL is the Animal Agriculture Reform Collaborative’s (AARC) key connector, organizing leaders from a wide-range of perspectives around a shared vision, and architecting the collaborative platform where members work together to develop campaigns and strategy, share knowledge and learn from each other, and weave a network of genuine trust-based relationships. Her leadership with AARC grows out of her previous work in advocacy in the labor and environmental movements, where she organized formal and informal coalitions on a variety of environmental, health, and economic justice issues. As the legislative director for the Service Employees’ International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council, Sara organized formal and informal coalitions to successfully win health care policy reform at the state level, and connected environmental leaders into the campaign for good and green jobs for janitors. At Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota, she organized voter education to help elect environmental champions, and supported coalition work on a range of issues from climate change and renewable energy to increased funding for water protection and toxic chemical policy reform. She holds an MPA in environmental science and policy from Columbia University, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.
DAVID RUNSTEN is the policy director at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) in Davis, California, a California statewide organization that works to develop sustainable agriculture and local food systems. In addition to his policy advocacy for family farmers, he has created and manages outreach programs at CAFF on water use, food safety, and climate smart agriculture, and he serves on the executive committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. He was previously the associate director of the North American Integration and Development Center in the School of Public Affairs at UCLA from 1995 to 2006, where his research focused on NAFTA, rural development in Mexico, immigration, and economic development in Los Angeles. He studied economics at Stanford University and agricultural and resource economics at the University of California at Berkeley.
MIKKI SAGER is a vice president and director of the Resourceful Communities program at The Conservation Fund, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving our nation’s working lands and advancing sustainable economic development. In her work with the Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program (RCP), Mikki helps communities across North Carolina and the South implement triple bottom line efforts that promote sustainable economic development, social justice, and environmental stewardship. The Resourceful Communities Program provides capacity-building (including a small re-grant program) to help communities implement triple bottom line efforts; helps more than 300 partner grassroots groups and 200 resource groups connect with each other; and helps communities implement place-based economic development projectsÐincluding sustainable agriculture, community gardening, youth development, ecotourism, community forestry, and conservation-based affordable housingÐthat leverage environmental techniques and resources. RCP has distributed more than $3.1 million in small grants, and helped partner organizations create or retain over 1,000 jobs in urban and rural communities alike. Mikki is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.
GREGORY SCHELL is an attorney who has represented migrant farmworkers in employment-related matters for over 37 years. Many of his cases have been brought on behalf of Mexican or Caribbean nationals imported to the United States under the H-2A agricultural guestworker program. He has also successfully represented nonagricultural workers admitted to the United States as guestworkers in the hospitality, seafood, and carnival industries. Schell currently serves as deputy director of Southern Migrant Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to farmworkers in six Southeastern states.
JIM SLAMA is a leader in promoting the good food movement. In 1996 Jim launched Sustain on the heels of a successful multimedia campaign that shut down an incinerator that released 150,000 pounds of lead annually. Sustain continued to become one of the country’s leading environmental communication groups. A major victory included the Keep Organic Organic campaign, developed with the Organic Trade Association. Other victories included stopping the state of Michigan from drilling for oil on the shores of Lake Michigan and forcing Congress’ adoption of a true recycling program. FamilyFarmed’s work earned the Yahoo! for Good Green Award. In 1999 Jim was named to Crain’s Chicago Business annual ‘Forty Under Forty’ list of leading young business and civic leaders. Jim also received the Chicago Tribune Good Eating Award for contributions to the Chicago food and beverage world. Jim was the founding publisher and editor of Conscious Choice magazine. During his tenure, Conscious Choice was named nine times by Utne Reader as a member of the Best of the Alternative Press. He most recently founded The Good Food Business Accelerator, which readies farm and food businesses for prime time, giving them skills to launch or scale up. Fellows are paired with industry-leading mentors and connected to potential customers and investors. This is the nation’s first business accelerator focused on building supply chains for sustainable local food.
BRIAN SNYDER is executive director of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where he has served since June 1, 2016. InFACT is an innovative and multidisciplinary program initiated by Ohio StateÐone of its new ‘Discovery Themes’ projectsÐthat aims to assure food security in the future for all citizens of Ohio and beyond. Previously, Brian was executive director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), a position he held since 2001, and also, since 2012, the FoodRoutes Network LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PASA that runs the Buy Fresh Buy Local program nationally. Previous to PASA he served as executive director of Gould Farm, a community-based residential mental health treatment program operating since 1913 on a 700-acre working farm in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. Brian holds two master’s degrees, from Harvard (theological studies) and UMass/Amherst (business administration), and serves on a variety of boards and other task forces both regionally and nationally. His after-hours passions are fly fishing, gardening, cooking and writing, and he maintains a personal blog called Write to Farm, which can be found at http://writetofarm.com.
HILDE STEFFEY is Farm Aid’s program director, where she works to guide and integrate Farm Aid’s farmer service, resource network, and grant programs, and serves as the liaison to the broader food systems funding community. Hilde joined Farm Aid in 2008 after spending close to a decade gaining perspective at various levels of the food system, from the halls of Congress to school cafeterias, and even on the seat of a tractor. Hilde has a master’s degree in agricultural science and policy from Tufts Friedman School and spent a number of years teaching about agriculture, nutrition, and environmental science. Some of Hilde’s earliest memories are on her Grandpa Pete’s farm just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska, and trawling for vine-ripened tomatoes in her mom’s backyard salsa garden in Salt Lake City, UtahÐboth experiences inspiring a life-long passion for food, farms, and the outdoors.
HILARY SWAIN has been the executive director of Archbold Expeditions since 1995, directing activities at Archbold Biological Station and the MacArthur Agroecology Research Center (MAERC). She works with a staff of 50 involved in long-term research, environmental monitoring, science education for K-12, undergraduate and graduate students and the public, as well as land management and conservation programs. Dr. Swain’s research interests are in the application of conservation biology to preserve design, land management, and planning for natural communities and endangered species. Her research at MAERC has focused on the relationships among agroecology, economic, and physical factors in grazing lands and how these change over time. She plays a key role in extensive liaison with local, state, and federal agencies, and private landowners on the Lake Wales Ridge and in the Northern Everglades region, helping to build a bridge between government agencies, private landowners, and the environmental communities in Florida. Dr. Swain is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is past president of the Organization of Biological Field Stations. Among other appointments, she currently serves as board member for the National Ecological Observation Network, Inc. (NEON); board member for NatureServe; chairperson of the board of directors for Babcock Ranch, Inc.; and member of the Natural Resources Advisory Commission (NRAC) for Highlands County, Florida.
M.E. “MICKIE” SWISHER is a faculty member in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida She serves as the director of the University of Florida’s Center for Sustainable and Organic Food Systems and co-coordinator of the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program in Florida, with Dr. Cassell Gardner at Florida A&M University. Much of her research is multi-disciplinary with colleagues in the agricultural and life sciences. Dr. Swisher develops and uses participatory and empowerment approaches to research methods to improve the reliability and validity of agricultural research results, particularly research with disenfranchised populations and groups. She collaborates extensively with faculty members from several colleges and departments at the University of Florida and other universities in research and outreach programs that address the social components of sustainability. This work includes collaboration with farmers, farmer organizations, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations to conduct research, teaching and extension programs in sustainable agriculture and food system development. She is an associate editor for Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, a Cambridge University Press journal.
KELLIE TERRY is a program officer on The Sustainable Environments Team at the Surdna Foundation. She began her career in 2002 at THE POINT CDC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the South Bronx through arts and culture, youth development, and community development, and rose to executive director in 2004. Terry is a graduate of Holy Cross and currently a candidate for a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at Pratt Institute. She served as the board chair of The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance and is currently a board director of The Bronx River Alliance and The Norcross Foundation.