The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the inequity, fragility and failures of our food and agricultural system. Those outcomes are not inevitable but rather, have been shaped by public policy, or the lack thereof. If there has ever been a time to lean in and fund movements to turn the tide on public policy, this is the time. The next crisis could very well be triggered by climate change. We must do better. Funders must have a collaborative effort around federal climate, food, and agriculture policy if we want to win structural and systemic change.
Please join us online for our 2020 Policy Outlook and Strategy Series: Climate, Agriculture, Farm Bill 2023. We look forward to engaging in discussion and strategy with you!
Entire Series (Conference & Pre-Conference Sessions)
$375 SAFSF Member / $500 Non-member funder
The cost of registration includes: Honoraria for non-funder speakers who will be the foremost policy experts and grassroots leaders in the field; The Farm Bill, A Citizen’s Guide (book by Daniel Imhoff); Professional facilitation with Co-Creative for the Funder Strategy Conference on November 18, 30, and December 9, 16.
Pre-Conference Sessions Only
$25 SAFSF Member / $40 Non-member funder
Investing in Policy Movements: Tools for Funders to Engage
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – 10 am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET (90 minutes)
This session will kick off our policy series and will focus on the strategies funders can engage to address disparities that are driven by public policy. Foundations and investors have a range of tools and strategies they can employ – ranging from c3 charitable funds directed towards civic/policy engagement, and grassroots movement building, as well as c4 advocacy aimed at engaging candidates for public office. We will hear directly from philanthropic and non-profit legal experts on the value of both c3 and c4 funding to build long-term change. We will open up the conversation for peer-to-peer learning and to address your questions or concerns when it comes to engaging c3 and c4 funding strategies.
Speakers: Abby Levine, director, Alliance for Justice Ann Mills, executive director, Agua Fund (moderator) Lukas Haynes, executive director, David Rockefeller Fund Ronnie Pawelko, senior counsel, Alliance for Justice
Food Security, Equity, and the Farm Bill
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – 10 am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET (90 minutes)
COVID-19 has made it impossible for anyone in America to ignore the fragility and inequities in our country’s food system. These problems are not new, but the ripple effects of the pandemic have leveled serious threats to the ability of everyday people to feed themselves and their families. The focus on this webinar will be to explore the historical context and inequities of federal food and agriculture policy, and how this has led to widespread food insecurity with specific communities disproportionately burdened. From there we will move towards a discussion of how the Farm Bill currently seeks to address hunger and nutrition, including where it falls short, and how anti-hunger groups and the Native Farm Bill Coalition are working to address hunger and food insecurity both through COVID response legislation as well as in the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill debate.
Speakers: Colby Duren, director, Native Farm Bill Coalition Noah Fulmer, director of national partnerships, Fair Food Network (moderator) Ricardo Salvador, director and senior scientist, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Collaboration for Systemic Change: Why the Farm Bill Matters
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – 10 am PT / 11 am MT / 12 pm CT / 1 pm ET (90 minutes)
Funders must have a collaborative effort around farm bill if we want to win structural agriculture and food system change. This webinar will focus on what is to be gained, why it matters for your region and priorities, for racial and economic justice, for overall structural reform. In addition, we will once again be joined by policy experts from Alliance for Justice to learn specifically on what you can do as funders around the Farm Bill, including how to fund policy work on Farm Bill, as well as engage directly.
Funder Strategy Conference: Climate, Agriculture, Farm Bill 2023
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT / 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Monday, November 30, 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT / 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT / 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT / 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET
We will kick off the conference with a presentation and breakout discussions with policy and grassroots experts, who represent the diversity of farm and food systems from across the country, to share their thinking around political opportunities for bold new ideas for 2023 Farm Bill. We will examine where equity shows up, and where it doesn’t across the entire farm bill. We will move into peer-to-peer strategy sessions designed to explore and facilitate funder collaboration to leverage our impact to move forward just, equitable and sustainable federal climate, agriculture, and food policy.
Additional speakers to be announced in the coming weeks!
Stacy Dean vice president for food assistance policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Stacy Dean is the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. She directs CBPP’s food assistance team, which publishes frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities and develops policies to improve them.
Dean’s team also works closely with program administrators, policymakers, and non-profit organizations to improve federal nutrition programs and provide eligible low-income families with easier access to benefits. She brings her deep programmatic and operational knowledge along with a strong strategic sense to help advance CBPP’s priorities.
In addition to her work on federal nutrition programs, Dean directs CBPP efforts to integrate the delivery of health and human services programs at the state and local levels.
Dean has testified before Congress and spoken extensively to national and state non-profit groups. She has been quoted in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Politico, as well as the Associated Press.
Dean joined CBPP in 1997 as a Senior Policy Analyst working on national policy issues such as the federal budget, SNAP, and benefits for immigrants. Previously, as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, she worked on policy development, regulatory and legislative review, and budgetary process and execution for a variety of income support programs.
Dean earned her B.A. and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. She sits on the Board of Social Interest Solutions, a non-profit technology firm.
You can follow her on Twitter @DeanCBPP.
Colby Duren director, Native Farm Bill Coalition / Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Colby is the Director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas – Office of Economic Development (IFAI). He previously served as Policy Director and Staff Attorney for IFAI since 2017. Colby has over 11 years of experience in federal Indian law and policy, with a specific focus on food, agriculture, nutrition, natural resources, and economic development, which includes work on three Farm Bills.
Prior to joining the Initiative, Colby served as Staff Attorney and Legislative Counsel for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Washington, DC, advocating on behalf of Tribal Nations on land, natural resources, and agriculture issues. He previously was a Legal Assistant for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) Washington, DC office, and a Paralegal and Legislative Assistant at a Washington, DC law firm specializing in food and agriculture, and represented Tribes on land reparation and agriculture issues.
Colby earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is a student in the University of Arkansas School of Law Agricultural and Food Law LL.M. Program. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
In 2016, Colby was nominated by the Native American Bar Association of Washington, DC for its Significant Contribution in Indian Law Award for his work on environmental issues in Indian Country, and he was also recognized by the Intertribal Agriculture Council membership in December 2018 for his work supporting Tribal governments and Tribal producers in the development of the 2018 Farm Bill.
Noah Fulmer director of national partnerships, Fair Food Network
Noah works with groups across the country to plan and implement healthy food incentive programs based on Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks model. Previously, Noah co-founded and led Farm Fresh Rhode Island, an organization that develops and operates innovative food system infrastructure in the nation’s smallest state. Farm Fresh runs farmers markets with nutrition education and healthy food incentives, a local food processing kitchen, and a multi-farm wholesale aggregation and delivery program.
Lukas Haynes executive director, David Rockefeller Fund
September 9: Investing in Policy Movements: Tools for Funders to Engage
FERD HOEFNER is the Senior Strategic Advisor for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and has been the group’s senior Washington, DC representative since its founding in 1988. NSAC is the leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of more than 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.
Prior to his work with NSAC, Hoefner represented Interfaith Action for Economic Justice and its predecessor, the Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy, on federal policy on farm, food and international development issues for nearly a decade. 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.
Abby Levine senior director, bolder advocacy, Alliance for Justice
Abby Levine serves as Director of the Bolder Advocacy Program at Alliance for Justice. She provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy and other nonprofit organizations to participate in policymaking decisions through an understanding of federal tax and election law. Abby’s work includes creating curriculum, teaching workshops, providing technical assistance, writing plain-language legal guides, and describing federal legislative and regulatory developments that impact nonprofits.
Prior to joining Alliance for Justice in 2004, Abby served as the Public Policy Analyst at the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). At NCNA, Abby monitored and analyzed issues affecting the nonprofit sector, such as challenges to nonprofit tax exemptions and advocacy, state budget cuts, government grants streamlining, and corporate governance.
Before working at NCNA, Abby was an associate in the tax department at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio.
(B.A., American University; J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law).
Ann Mills executive director, Agua Fund
September 9: Investing in Policy Movements: Tools for Funders to Engage
ANN MILLS is Executive Director of the Agua Fund, a Washington DC-based foundation that supports work to protect the environment, boost civic engagement and help the disadvantaged and underserved. She previously served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment from 2009 to January 20, 2017 where she had responsibility for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. She co-chaired of the federal National Drought Resilience Partnership and represented USDA on the Obama Administration’s ecosystem restoration initiatives including those in the Chesapeake Bay Basin, Great Lakes, Mississippi River Basin, and California Bay-Delta. She also served as Secretary Tom Vilsack’s designee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustee Council for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Ann also has held senior positions at American Rivers and served as chief of staff to Senator Tom Daschle, legislative assistant to then-Representative Richard Durbin and chief of staff to California Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy. She earned a BA in Political Science from Tufts University and a Master of Public Administration from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.
Ronnie Pawelko senior counsel, Alliance for Justice
Ronnie Pawelko is Senior Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at Alliance for Justice and is based in AFJ’s Washington, DC office. Through trainings and technical assistance, she provides nonprofit advocacy organizations and foundations with accessible information, resources, and information so organizations can safely navigate complex laws and rules as they pursue systems change. Ronnie received her J.D. from Albany Law School and her B.A. from Russell Sage College. Before joining AFJ, Ronnie was General Counsel at Family Planning Advocates of New York State. Previously, Ronnie served as Health and Human Services Team Counsel for the New York State Senate and as staff attorney for the MergerWatch Project.
Quinton Robinson policy advisor, Rural Coalition
October 28: Collaboration for System Change: Why the Farm Bill Matters
RICARDO SALVADOR is an agronomist, with specializations in the culture of maize, crop production techniques, sustainability and systems analysis. He has been an extensionist with Texas A&M University, associate professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University, program officer for Food, Health and Wellbeing with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and currently serves as the director and senior scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ricardo’s undergraduate degree in agricultural science is from New Mexico State University, and his M. S. and Ph. D. degrees in crop production and physiology are from Iowa State University. At UCS, Ricardo leads a team of 10 scientists, economists, policy analysts, communications and outreach specialists, with the goal of shifting the narrative around food so that decision-makers, media, and informed citizens recognize and act upon the knowledge that modern, sustainable practices can be highly productive while also protecting the environment, producing healthy food, and creating economic opportunity.