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Rudy Arredondo

National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Association - DC

Rudy Arredondo represents the interests of small Latino farmers and ranchers in Washington, DC dealing with policy, legislation and regulatory issues. He focuses on issues related to land, minority agriculture, economic development, small business and entrepreneurship, specifically as they relate to Latino farmers and ranchers in the United States. He edits and publishes the National Hispanic Political Reporter, and is a past member of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association. He has worked for the DNC, the UFW, and the National Association of Hispanic Publishers. Mr. Arredondo is a recipient of the United Nations Association (DC Chapter) Human Rights Award, the Founders Leadership Award of the Hispanic Democratic Club of Montgomery County, the Maryland Governor’s Citation for Health, the Maryland House of Delegates Citation for Health Issues Leadership and the Maryland Senate Citation for Health Leadership.

Ousmane Badiane

International Food Policy Research Institute - DC

Dr. Ousmane Badiane is the Africa Director for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In this role, he coordinates IFPRI’s work program in the areas of food policy research, capacity strengthening, and policy communications in Africa. He is also in charge of IFPRI’s partnerships with African institutions dealing with the above areas.

Dr. Badiane, a national of Senegal, was Lead Specialist for Food and Agricultural Policy for the Africa Region at the World Bank from January 1998 to August 2008. He previously worked at IFPRI as Senior Research Fellow from 1989 to 1997, when he led the institute's work on market reforms and development. While at IFPRI, he taught as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies from 1993 to 2003. Dr. Badiane is a distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economist. He received a Masters Degree and PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Kiel in Germany, and Doctorate Degree honoris causa for distinguished contribution to African Agriculture and Development from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

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Tres Bailey

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. - DC

Tres Bailey is the Director of Agriculture and Food in the Federal Government Relations and Corporate Affairs division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Since 2005, Tres has represented Walmart on all legislative and regulatory issues related to the company’s grocery business, with particular emphasis on food safety and nutrition. Tres was instrumental in Walmart’s launch of a major nutrition initiative in 2011 that focuses on making food healthier and making healthier food more affordable for the millions of customers shopping in Walmart every week.

In addition, Tres has worked on international trade issues, including the WTO, bilateral trade agreements, preference programs and foreign direct investment. In 2008, he was reappointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animal and Animal Products.

Prior to joining Walmart, Tres worked for Congressman Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) on energy, agriculture and transportation issues. He came to Washington as an intern for the House Agriculture Committee after graduating from Texas A&M University. Tres also stays actively involved with his family on their cow/calf operation in west Texas.

Chuck Benbrook

Washington State University - WA

Dr. Charles Benbrook is the former Program Leader, Measure to Manage (M2M): Farm and Food Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health, within the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University. Previously he was Chief Scientist at the Organic Center. He worked in Washington, DC 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 at the end of the Carter Administration. Following the election of Ronald Reagan, he moved to Capitol Hill in early 1981 and was the Executive Director of the Subcommittee of the House Committee on Agriculture with jurisdiction over pesticide regulation, research, trade and foreign agricultural issues. In 1984 Benbrook was recruited to the job of Executive Director of the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, a position he held for seven years. In late 1990 he formed Benbrook Consulting Services. Dr. Benbrook received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Agricultural Economics.

Gregory Bohach

Mississippi State University - MS

Dr. Gregory Bohach is Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (DAVFM) at Mississippi State University (MSU), which contains the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the MSU Extension Service, the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Forest Resources, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and an Affiliate Professor of Basic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bohach provides leadership for the DAVFM’s teaching, research, and extension programs that serve university students, agribusiness firms, industrial firms, families, youth, local government entities, and numerous other organizations and associations. Dr. Bohach also represents MSU on numerous agricultural commodity and advocacy boards and currently serves as chair of the Committee on Legislation and Policy (CLP), a standing committee within the Policy Board of Directors (PBD) of the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA).

Prior to his 2009 appointment at MSU, Dr. Bohach served as associate dean of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and director of the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, Idaho Center for Host-Pathogen Interaction Research, and Idaho State EPSCor/IDeA Programs. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University. Dr. Bohach also completed a master’s at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and post-doctoral work at the University of Minnesota.

James Borel

Retired - Dupont - IA

Jim Borel retired from Dupont in 2016. He served as executive vice president and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive 2009-2016. He also had responsibilities for DuPont agriculture and nutrition businesses. Mr. Borel joined DuPont in 1978 in Findlay, Ohio, as a sales representative.

From 1981 to 1987, he held a variety of product and sales management positions in Agricultural Products in Wilmington, Delaware, and the United Kingdom.

In 1987, he was appointed manager, Agricultural Products Canada in Toronto, Ontario. In 1989, he became general superintendent, responsible for agricultural products operations at the Belle, West Virginia site. Two years later, he became manager, Human Resources for Agricultural Products.

In 1993, Mr. Borel transferred to Tokyo, Japan, with Agricultural Products as regional manager, North Asia, and the next year he was appointed regional director, Asia Pacific.

Mr. Borel returned to Wilmington, Delaware, as business director, North American Crop Protection in January 1997. He was appointed vice president and general manager of DuPont Crop Protection later that year. In January 2004, Mr. Borel was appointed senior vice president – DuPont Human Resources. He was named group vice president, responsible for the agricultural businesses of DuPont in February 2008. He was named to his current position in October 2009.

Mr. Borel is chair of the National 4H Council's board of trustees. He also serves on the board of CropLife International; board of the Farm Foundation; and board of trustees, University of Delaware.

Mr. Borel graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agricultural business.

Larry Clemens

The Nature Conservancy - IN

Larry Clemens is the North American Agriculture Program Director for The Nature Conservancy. Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 1992, Larry Clemens worked with Elkhart County’s health department as their Ground Water Coordinator and with the Indiana DNR as their Soil Conservation and Lake Enhancement Project Coordinator. His earlier years with The Conservancy kept him near his roots with work as the Upper St. Joseph River Director and the U.S. Central Region Agricultural Leader, where he helped conserve watersheds from sedimentation as well as nutrient and sedimentation runoff. As the Assistant State Director for Conservation Programs in Indiana, Mr. Clemens was responsible for the strategic planning and management of the conservation programs of The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter, covering 37 professional staff in four areas: science, stewardship, land protection and eco-regional conservation programs.


Craig Cox

Environmental Working Group - IA

Craig has devoted his working life to conservation since joining the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1977 as a field biologist. In 1989 Craig moved to Washington D.C to accept a position as Senior Staff Officer with the Board on Agriculture of the National Academy of Sciences, where he completed three major studies, including Soil and Water Quality: An Agenda for Agriculture. In 1994, he worked on the staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to lead the development of the conservation title of the farm bill that was passed in March 1996. Craig then joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Special Assistant to the Chief and served briefly as Acting Deputy Under-Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment in the Department of Agriculture before moving to Iowa in 1998 to become Executive Director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. In August 2008 he joined the Environmental Working Group (EWG). He leads the organization’s research and advocacy work in agriculture, renewable energy, and climate change and directs EWG’s Midwest office in Ames, Iowa. He has degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota and is an avid fly fisherman, hunter and hiker.

Lisa Davis

Share Our Strength - DC

Lisa Davis serves as Senior Director of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing results-driven strategies and local campaigns that leverage partnerships, programmatic expertise, advocacy and communications to increase participation in federal nutrition programs and build momentum toward ending childhood hunger.

Prior to joining Share Our Strength in 2016, Lisa directed government relations and advocacy at Feeding America. Under her leadership, the team achieved numerous regulatory and legislative victories, increased member food bank engagement in advocacy by more than 40 percent and doubled Feeding America’s online advocacy program. Previously, Lisa led AARP's member education strategies on major issues, including Social Security and health care reform and implementation. Lisa also directed AARP's Divided We Fail campaign, the leading issue advocacy campaign of the 2008 Presidential election cycle and served as Associate Director of Policy Integration where she managed the development of AARP's public policies on economic, employment and low income issues and advised AARP's National Policy Council and Board of Directors on policy issues.Prior to joining AARP, Lisa spent 7 years at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare as the Senior Policy Analyst for income security issues, including Social Security, pensions, tax and budget issues. While at the National Committee, Lisa also served on the National Committee's PAC Advisory Board, lobbied Congress and the Administration and developed political and elections strategies. She has also worked on Capitol Hill for former Representative Pat Williams.

A native Montanan, Lisa received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University and her B.A. in English Literature and French from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.


Bev Eggleston

EcoFriendly Farms - VA

Bev Eggleston is the founder of EcoFriendly Foods. Recognizing the need for marketing “grass-grown” beef, pork, lamb, poultry and eggs, Bev Eggleston and his wife, Janelle, are committing their energies toward this end. They continue to foster public awareness of the benefits of “grass-grown” animal products by serving consumers directly at farmers' markets and home buying clubs in the Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina areas. Many of the finest restaurants in Washington, D.C. and New York City now prominently feature EcoFriendly foods on their menu. Additionally, Bev owns and operates a USDA certified processing plant in Virginia. Bev has invested large amounts of time lobbying for national and local legislation to open a venue for farmers who utilize a “holistic” approach to raise, harvest and market their products.

Jeremy Embalabala

National 4-H Council - IL

Jeremy P. Embalabala is a member of the Board of Trustees of National 4-H Council. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. A longtime 4-H veteran, Jeremy’s 4-H experiences focus on livestock, public speaking, technology, and leadership. Putting his strong technical skills into real-life practice, Jeremy is currently the President and CEO of TechOctane, Inc., a company providing IT solutions and support to clients across the U.S. in industries ranging from retail to law enforcement. Jeremy’s 4-H experiences, along with his Kenyan heritage have led to active participation in the development of Global 4-H initiatives in Africa and around the world. Jeremy was also a speaker at the White House’s Helping America’s Youth Conference.

Steve Flick

Show Me Energy Cooperative - MO

Steve Flick is currently Founder of Show Me Energy Cooperative, a cellulosic biomass facility owned by 612 farmers. The 10 million dollar project has been completed and is operational, developing and processing energy crops and agricultural residues into biomass engineered fiber fuel. This fuel pellet for co-firing is used at a local utility and for heating residents’ homes and poultry houses.

Steve is a graduate of University of Missouri Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Masters in Environmental Engineering/Biochemistry.

He is a trained Environmental Ecologist and has consulted for 30 years for EPA, D.O.D., and D.O.E. along with several state agencies.

Steve is participating with the Meridian Institute Council for Sustainable Biomass Production, Farm Bureau, Sierra Club and is a plenary speaker for Bioenergy conferences throughout the world. He is also involved in the Midwest Governor’s Carbon Task Force on carbon.

Suzy Friedman

Environmental Defense Fund - DC

Suzy Friedman is the Director of Agricultural Sustainability for the Environmental Defense Fund. She directs EDF’s work to collaborate with farmers, grower organizations, agribusinesses, and food company/retail partners to create a U.S. agricultural system that drives climate stability and clean water and supports food security goals. By collaborating with decision makers at every point in the supply chain – from retailers and food companies to agribusiness and farmers – we are strengthening demand for sustainable production and generating supply. Achieving fertilizer efficiency makes good business sense and increases our resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Suzy has been at EDF since January of 2001. She received a B.A. in History (High Honors), Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University, and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.


Paul Guenette

ACDI/VOCA - DC

Paul Guenette, the Executive Vice President for Communications and Outreach for ACDI/VOCA, is an economic development manager with expertise in agribusiness and trade. Mr. Guenette provides leadership to corporate planning, relationships with external corporations, and public-private partnerships. He has designed and managed large, integrated, sustainable development programs in a career spanning 39 years and 70 countries. His experience includes resident long-term assignments in Senegal, Mauritania, Indonesia, Barbados, and Kenya where he led agribusiness programs incorporating policy reform, business group strengthening, commercial marketing, equity financing, and investment promotion. His consulting assignments have ranged from enterprise program design and implementation for USAID, to international marketing workshops for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, agribusiness global trends for the World Bank, and farmer organization program design for IFAD. Mr. Guenette earned his M.B.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his B.A. at Kalamazoo College. He is fluent in French.

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Hal Hamilton

Sustainable Food Lab - VT

Hal Hamilton founded and co-directs the global Sustainable Food Lab. The purpose of the Sustainable Food Lab is to mainstream sustainability in global food supply, and its projects are all aimed at practical supply chain tools and shared learning among peers. Hal’s career began as a commercial dairy farmer in Kentucky, and one of his proudest awards was being named Master Conservationist. While in Kentucky he led the development of the first formal alliance among tobacco farmer and public health organizations, an alliance that paved the way for hundreds of millions of dollars of tobacco settlement funds to be invested in rural communities in the upper south. He has founded and directed rural development and leadership organizations, and was the Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute founded by Donella Meadows.

Hal is a founder of the Academy for Systemic Change. He is also a frequent guest faculty at the MIT Sloane School of Management and other business schools. Hal has been an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. He gave the annual George McGovern address to the FAO at World Food Day. He has been a German Marshall Fellow, a Kellogg Fellow, and recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

Hal’s education was at Stanford University and the State University of New York, Buffalo. He has written numerous columns and journal articles and three chapters in books on agricultural policy and change. Hal lives in a community in Vermont located on a farm that produces many products including an award winning cheese and maple syrup. His grandchildren are his three greatest delights.

Susan Heathcote

Iowa Environmental Council - IA

Susan is the Water Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, a nonprofit coalition of 65 environmental and conservation related organizations in Iowa.

Susan joined the Council in 1996 and has provided technical 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 2003, Susan was appointed by Governor Vilsack to serve as Chair of the Impaired Waters Restoration Subcommittee for the Governor’s Water Summit where she worked with a diverse team of stakeholders to develop recommendations to address Iowa’s water pollution problems. In March of 2007, Susan was appointed by Governor Culver to serve a four year term (May 2007-April 2011) on the Environmental Protection Commission which oversees Environmental Programs at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Susan currently serves on the steering committee and as co-chair of the agricultural workgroup for the Mississippi River Collaborative, a partnership of state, regional, and national organizations working together to reduce pollution affecting the Mississippi River and its tributaries as well as the Gulf of Mexico http://www.msrivercollab.org/.

Before joining the Iowa Environmental Council, Susan worked 11 years as a petroleum geophysicist for Mobil Oil Corporation in California, Alaska, and Norway, and six years as an environmental consultant for the Howard R. Green Company in Iowa. She received her undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Arkansas and her master's degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Iowa. Susan grew up in Stratford, Iowa, a small farming community in Hamilton County.

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Rain Henderson

Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation - NY

Rain Henderson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative at the William J. Clinton Foundation. Rain is responsible for driving CHMI’s strategic vision and fostering partnerships across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to advance the mission of improving the health and well-being of all people in the United States with meaningful and scalable solutions. This includes developing innovative industry agreements with coalitions of corporate and non-governmental leaders to accelerate the reduction of healthcare costs, bridge the intersection between health and technology, and to expand community health transformation initiatives in U.S. communities aimed at closing health disparity gaps and improving health outcomes. She works with business and industry leaders to harness market structures as well as the capabilities and innovations of companies in vertical markets to contribute to the health and well-being of all citizens.

Previously serving as the Senior Vice President of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation, Rain was instrumental in helping to build the organization from a blueprint to an award-winning non-profit with a presence in 50 states and a positive impact on the lives of over six million children. She ensured the maintenance and momentum of program development and integration; the management of strategic partnerships with non-governmental organizations and Fortune 500 companies; and the enhancement of organizational systems toward consistently building and demonstrating the Alliance’s impact on childhood obesity prevention.

Rain has a rich background in strategic planning, policy analysis, and program management across public health, education, environmental and political arenas. She has advised many key decision makers -elected officials, international dignitaries and major multi-nationals - on a deep range of issues to advance systems change aimed at improving the lives of families. Rain holds a M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University.

Ferd Hoefner

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition - DC

Ferd Hoefner is the Policy Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and has been the group’s senior Washington, D.C. representative since it’s founding in 1988. NSAC is a leading voice for sustainable agriculture in the federal policy arena, joining together the voices of over 100 grassroots family farm, conservation, rural, research, and food organizations from all regions of the country to advocate for federal policies supporting the sustainability of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC’s work covers a wide range of policy areas, including conservation, agricultural research, beginning farmers, local and regional food systems, food safety, rural business development, and farm program reform.

Previously, Ferd advocated on behalf of 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 and 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, Presbyterian Church (USA), and U.S. Catholic Conference, among other clients. Ferd has participated in eight federal farm bills among other policy campaigns, helping to create numerous farm, conservation, research, and economic development policies and programs in the process. He received a B.A. in government from Oberlin College and did graduate work in ethics and economics at Wesley Theological Seminary and American University.


Douglas Jackson-Smith

The Ohio State University - OH

Douglas Jackson-Smith is Professor of Water Security at the Ohio State University. He moved to Ohio State in August 2016 after spending 15 years as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State University.He has long been interested in the role of policy and research funding in shaping trajectories and impacts of change in the farm sector and rural communities. He has served on two National Academies of Science committees to assess the scientific evidence for the performance of “Sustainable Agricultural Systems for the 21st Century” and to develop a “Framework to Assess the Health, Environmental and Social Effects of the U.S. Food System.” In recent years, he has focused much of his work on interdisciplinary research on rural and urban water issues. A key focus has been work to integrate participatory approaches and social science insights into transdisciplinary scientific research projects. Before coming to USU, he served as Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Co-Director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his BS degree (Rural Sociology) at Cornell University, and his MS (Sociology), MA (Agricultural Economics), and PhD degree (Sociology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A.G. Kawamura

Strawberry Farmer - CA

Arthur Gen “A.G.” Kawamura is third generation fruit and vegetable grower and shipper from Orange County, CA. He is the former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (2003-2010). He is co-chair of Solutions from the Land, a non-profit organization that collaborates with farmers, ranchers, foresters and stakeholders to implement climate smart land management practices and strategies. He currently serves on several boards and committees including: the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), a policy arm of the National Academy of Sciences’ Natural Resource Council; Ag Advisory Committee for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Trustee for the Council on Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST); American Farmland Trust; The 25x’25 Alliance, a national alliance of renewable energy stakeholders; External Advisory Board for the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at U.C. Davis. He is a former chair and current board member of Western Growers Association. As a progressive urban farmer, AG has a lifetime of experience working within the shrinking rural and urban boundaries of Southern Calif. Through his company, Orange County Produce, LLC, he is engaged in building an exciting, interactive 21st century 100 acre agricultural showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.

Shiriki Kumanyika

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia - PA

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. During her tenure on the Penn Medicine faculty she also served as the Associate Dean for Health Promotion and held a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Nutrition Section. Dr. Kumanyika chairs the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN), a national network that seeks to improve the quality, quantity and effective translation of research on obesity and related issues in African American communities (see www.AACORN.org). She has extensive experience in advisory roles related to public health and nutrition policy in the US and abroad. Dr. Kumanyika is currently a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Task Force on Community Preventive Services, Co-Chair of the Policy and Prevention Section of the World Obesity Federation, and a nutrition advisor to the World Health Organization. She is also the incoming president of the American Public Health Association for 2015.

Her past roles have included serving on two U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, chairing the National Nutrition Monitoring Advisory Committee, serving on the IOM Food and Nutrition Board and serving as vice-chair of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. In the international sphere, Dr. Kumanyika has served on the World Cancer Research Fund Expert Panel on Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer and chaired or co-chaired several World Health Organization (WHO) panels on nutrition and obesity issues.

Britt Lundgren

Stonyfield Farm - NH

Britt Lundgren is the Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farm. She holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University. Prior to joining Stonyfield, Britt spent five years as an agricultural policy specialist for Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Together with Stonyfield co-founder and chair Gary Hirshberg and Dr. Charles Benbrook, she is the co-author of Label It Now, a book that makes the case for labeling genetically engineered foods. Britt serves on the boards of the Sustainable Food Trade Association and the New Hampshire Conservation Law Foundation. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Massachusetts, and Colorado. She is also an avid fiddle player and member of the New Hampshire based Hickory Horned Devils.


Philip Martin

University of California Davis - CA

Philip Martin is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis. He has worked on labor and immigration issues for three decades, served on several federal commissions, and testifies frequently before Congress. He is an award-winning author who works for UN agencies around the world, in Eastern Europe and Turkey, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Martin has also studied the evolving global wine industry.


Carl Mattson

Wheat Farmer - MT

For five years Carl worked for the Montana Grain Growers Association as their Conservation and Farm Program Associate. While in this position he worked on aspects of both Title I and Title II of the 2008 Farm Bill. Additionally, Carl was on staff with the Montana Stockgrowers Association where he addressed conservation, sustainability and farm program issues for Montana beef producers.

Raised on a farm 15 miles north of Chester, MT, he returned there to pursue his career as a wheat producer. Years of conservation activities enabled the Mattson farm to qualify at the highest level for the NRCS Conservation Security Program (CSP). With their son and daughter both involved in the operation, the Mattson’s are currently in the process of transitioning the farm management and operation to the next generation.

While farming, Carl served on a variety of boards including the Chester Public Schools, Montana Grain Growers, NRCS Local Working Group, State NRCS Technical Advisory Committee and the US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change/Agriculture Sector.

Carl has chaired organizations including PARA (Precision Ag Research Association), I.A.E.A. (International Agriculture Exchange Association) and the local Chester Lions Club. Carl is a member and Past Chair of the Association of Agricultural Production Executives (AAPEX) and a graduate of the Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (T.E.P.A.P.).

Carl graduated from Montana State University with a B.S. in Agriculture Production.

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle

Chevron - DC

Johanna Nesseth Tuttle is Manager, Development & Public Policy for Chevron. In this capacity, she leads the corporation’s policy engagement on issues related to global development and corporate social responsibility. She represents Chevron in the Multi-Stakeholder Group of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, a Federal Advisory Committee with the U.S. Department of Interior.

Before joining Chevron, she served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning & Development at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy organization in Washington, DC. During her fourteen years at CSIS, she served as a member of the senior management team, with responsibility for financial, programmatic and strategic decisions. She established a major new area of CSIS’s research agenda, focused on global development. She founded CSIS’s work on global food security in 2008, and in 2011 she established the Project on U.S. Leadership Development, a five-year partnership with Chevron to explore the role of the private sector in global development.

Prior to CSIS, she worked in a number of nonprofit organizations including the League of Women Voters, Hmong American Partnership and Minnesota 4-H.

She has written and spoken widely about issues of food security and global development, and as an affiliated expert on food security with The Lugar Institute.

She received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota; an M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University; and a Certificate in Portuguese Language and Culture from the University of Lisbon.

Pat O’Toole

Rancher, Ladder Livestock - WY

Patrick F. O’Toole is a rancher and farmer on the Little Snake River along the Wyoming-Colorado border. Ladder Livestock is a six generation family operation. It is a public lands ranch, utilizing private land, private leases, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Colorado and Wyoming state leases. The family raises cows and sheep, as well as dogs, horses and children.

The operation depends on trailing their livestock to and from summer and winter ranges. The sheep trail about 150 miles each way, twice a year. The family also raises hay and alfalfa to sustain their livestock through the winter months.

Patrick was a Kellogg LEAD fellow, served in the Wyoming House of Representatives, and on the Western Water Policy Commission. He is President of the Family Farm Alliance, which represents irrigators in seventeen western states.

From 2010-2011, Pat has participated in evaluating water sharing on the Colorado River in a national Freshwater initiative sponsored by the Johnson Foundation, and is working on a Blue Ribbon committee for the Conservation Title of the new Farm Bill. He is active in the Partners for Conservation.

Patrick is proud that his family lives and works in the Little Snake River watershed, which is a national leader in conservation and agricultural projects. Ladder Ranch has won awards recognizing its role in balancing agriculture production and conservation values.

Judith Redmond

Full Belly Farm - CA

Judith Redmond, a native Californian, has farmed in northern California since 1989 as one of four owners of Full Belly Farm where a diverse assortment of fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers and herbs are grown. Full Belly also offers training for interns and year-round children’s educational programming. Judith focuses on marketing, maintaining border strips of native plant hedgerows, and managing a 1,200-member Community Supported Agriculture project. Judith is on the Executive Committee of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers; Advisory Board of California Climate and Agriculture Network; and a Steering Committee member for the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival that is now in its 27th year. She is also a Fire Commissioner with the Capay Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

John Reganold

Washington State University - WA

John Reganold earned his B.A. in German and M.S. in Soil Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Soil Science at the University of California at Davis. He has worked as a soil scientist with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and as an environmental engineer for Utah International Inc., a mining company. He joined Washington State University in 1983 and is currently Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology. He teaches courses in soil science and organic farming and conducts research in sustainable agriculture. With his research, he has assembled interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams to measure the effects of alternative and conventional farming systems on soil health, food productivity and quality, financial performance, and environmental quality. His research has been published in numerous scientific journals and magazines, including Science, Nature, and Scientific American. He is co-author of four editions of a textbook titled Natural Resource Conservation: Toward a Sustainable Future and co-editor of Organic Agriculture: A Global Perspective. In addition to his teaching and research, he enjoys spending time outdoors, swimming, cycling, and fly fishing.

Beatrice (Bea) Rogers

Tufts University - MA

Beatrice (Bea) Rogers is a Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at Tufts University and has been on the faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy since 1982. She holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School at Brandeis, where she studied economics and health policy. Her undergraduate degree is from Radcliffe College. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition. Her research on food aid programs, food price policy, household food security, and the means by which food and other resources are distributed within households has taken her to Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. Her courses include survey research design and economics of food policy, and she has taught U.S. food and nutrition policy. Her personal interests include dance, reading poetry, and looking at art. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially boat rides and swimming.


Katherine (Kitty) Smith

Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics - VA

Katherine (Kitty) Smith is the Executive Director of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics, an organization that advocates on behalf of researchers and other professionals for a strong statistical system and ready access to federal data. She was formerly Administrator of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). As a researcher and research manager, Kitty's principal areas of expertise have been policy analysis, particularly agricultural and resource policies, and the relationships among agricultural production and environmental quality. Her work is published in several books and a range of scholarly journals, USDA reports, and numerous popular outlets. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.  Kitty has held a number of leadership positions within ERS where, as a research administrator, she was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives.

Kitty also has experience with several non-governmental organizations. She was Vice President of American Farmland Trust (2011-2012),Policy Studies Program Director for the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture (1993-1996); and Senior Fellow with the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy at Resources for the Future (1989-1991).

Kitty received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, where she also earned a B.S. with emphasis in the biological sciences.

Rod Snyder

Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture - DC

Rod Snyder has served as President of Field to Market, The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture since March 2014. Field to Market is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. 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.


Anim Steel

Real Food Generation - NY

Anim Steel became the Executive Director of Real Food Generation after co-founding the Real Food Challenge, a campaign to re-direct $1 billion of college food purchases towards local, fair, and sustainable sources within 10 years. Prior to Real Food Generation, Anim led national initiatives at The Food Project in Boston and was a consultant with Economic Development Assistance Consortium. Anim holds a B.A. in Astrophysics and History from Williams College and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the recipient of a Prime Mover Fellowship for movement-building and an Echoing Green award for social entrepreneurship. Born in Ghana, Anim grew up in both West Africa and Washington, DC.


Nancy Straw

The Ford Family Foundation - OR

Nancy joined The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, OR, in January 2015, as the Director of Community and Economic Development. The newly created position allows Nancy to continue her work with small communities in rural areas, work she has enjoyed for over 20 years.

Previously, Nancy was the President/CEO of West Central Initiative (WCI), a hybrid community foundation headquartered in Fergus Falls, MN. She joined WCI in 1996 to lead their business and economic development programs and was promoted to President/CEO in 1999. She has also been a business owner, worked as a business consultant, and held a variety of management positions in nonprofit and for profit organizations. Nancy grew up in rural Minnesota and has dedicated her career to helping rural families, businesses, and communities. She has served on numerous boards and committees, and now leads one of the most innovative community foundations in rural America.

Robert Thompson

Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - DC

Dr. Robert L. Thompson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and serves on the Land O’Lakes board of directors and the Nestle corporate Creating Shared Value advisory council. He is Chairman Emeritus of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council and formerly served on the USDA-USTR Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade. Previously he was a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

Previously Dr. Thompson served as Director of Rural Development and Senior Advisor for Agricultural Trade Policy at the World Bank (1998-2002); President and CEO of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (1993-98); Dean of Agriculture (1987-93) and Professor of Agricultural Economics (1974-93) at Purdue University; Assistant Secretary for Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1985-87) and Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture at the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1983-85).

Thompson, who received his B.S. degree from Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, holds honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania State University and Dalhousie University (Canada). He is a fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and of the Ukrainian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is a former president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. In January 2011 the American Farm Bureau Federation presented him with its highest honor, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.

Raised on a New York State dairy farm, Dr. Thompson has extensive international experience and has lectured, consulted, or conducted research in more than 90 countries worldwide, including extended periods in Denmark, Laos, and Brazil.

Tom Tomich

University of California Davis - CA

Tom Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at UC Davis, and a professor in both the departments of human ecology, and environmental science and policy. He also serves as director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aimed at raising productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University. He has a BA in economics from UC Davis and an MA and PhD in Food Research (agricultural economics) from Stanford University.


Connie Veillette

The Lugar Center - DC

Connie Veillette is a Senior Fellow for Global Food Security and Aid Effectiveness at The Lugar Center. She also consults with a number of organizations on aid, development, and food security issues. Formerly, she was the Director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program at the Center for Global Development. Prior to CGD, she served as a Senior Professional Staff Member for Senator Lugar (R-IN) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previously, she was a Specialist in Foreign Assistance at the Congressional Research Service, where she researched foreign aid issues and advised Congress on policy options.

She began her public service working for a Member of the House Appropriations Committee in a variety of capacities, the last 8 years as Chief of Staff. She has taught courses at George Washington University, including Comparative Foreign Politics, International Relations, Legislative Politics, and Congress and Foreign Policy. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Foreign Politics from George Washington University. She is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School Program for Senior Government Managers, and the Stennis Center Congressional Staff Fellows Program. In 1999, the Federal Republic of Germany awarded her the Verdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit). She hails from Ohio, is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan, and currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and son.

Claire Wang

Columbia University - NY

Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD is Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative and is the faculty director of the Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes Research MPH certificate within the Mailman School. Dr. Wang’s research applies epidemiology, simulation modeling and population health data to inform policy and practice guidelines. Her present research focuses on the obesity epidemic in adults and in children, particularly assessing the determinants of energy balance (energy intake vs. energy expenditure) as well as evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of various population-wide programs and policies. One key behavioral aspect of her work is the caloric implications of the rapidly-rising consumption of sugar-sweetened beverage among U.S. youth. She is Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of the Sackler Institute working group on Obesity, Diabetes, and Nutrition-related Diseases, New York Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Wang holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Health Policy and Decision Sciences (2005) and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology (2001) from Harvard School of Public Health, following her MD training from the National Taiwan University in 2000.

Shonda Warner

Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners - MS

Shonda Warner founded Chess Ag Full Harvest Partners in 2006. She has nearly thirty years experience in managing various forms of financial and agricultural assets. Chess Ag manages the Full Harvest Agricultural Opportunities suite of Funds, and has invested in roughly 50,000 acres of both row crop and permanent crop farms around the United States. The Chess Ag team has experience as a landowner in both landlord/tenant types of situations as well as direct hands on farming. Her career has ranged from trading grain for Cargill to trading various financial instruments for Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. In 2003 Shonda sold her stake in the hedge fund firm she was a partner of in London, Montier Partners, with the idea that she wanted to put together her lifelong love of agricultural with her skills built up in the financial ad asset management community. Shonda was born and raised farming in Nebraska and has worked in many facets of the agricultural industry over the years. She graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Anthropology and Zoology.

Gregory Watson

Schumacher Center for a New Economics - MA

Greg Watson is the Schumacher Center's Director of Policy and Systems Design. In this position, he will introduce new programs while linking together the various educational and applied community economics programs of the Center. He will be a public voice for sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, new monetary systems, equitable land tenure arrangements, neighborhood planning through democratic processes, government policies that support human-scale development, cooperative structure, import replacement through citizen financing of new enterprises, and more. He will draw on his nearly 40 years of work in the new economics field and his understanding of systems thinking as inspired by Buckminster Fuller, whom he names as a mentor. Previously, Greg was Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 19th Commissioner from 2012-2015. He also served as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld. He had a long connection to and appreciation of agriculture starting in his childhood where his grandmother tended a vegetable garden and fruit trees, and visiting his uncle's working farm in Tennessee. His first hands-on experience with agriculture started in 1978 as he worked with urban community groups and rural farmers to develop a network of six neighborhood-based farmers' markets in Greater Boston. Under his current leadership, Greg seeks to expand access to locally grown food across the Commonwealth with emphasis on building robust urban infrastructure solutions.

Greg is a big fan of Bob Dylan, spending time with his two grown children, and loves Brussels Sprouts. He currently resides in Falmouth Massachusetts.


Elaine Waxman

Urban Institute - IL

Elaine Waxman, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her expertise includes food insecurity, nutrition and the food assistance safety net, the social determinants of health disparities, and broader issues affecting low-income families and communities. Before joining Urban, Waxman was the vice president of research and nutrition at Feeding America, where she oversaw research on food insecurity, the intersection of hunger and health, and the circumstances and experiences of individuals seeking food assistance. In that role, Waxman supervised Hunger in America 2014, the largest study ever conducted of charitable feeding in the United States, and collaborated on the development of Map the Meal Gap project, the first county-level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. She has over 25 years of experience in social policy research and consulting. Dr. Waxman is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where she also received her Ph.D.

Kristin Weeks Duncanson

Duncanson Growers - MN

Kristin Weeks Duncanson is owner and partner of Duncanson Growers, a diversified family farm in Southern Minnesota. The operation includes corn, soybeans vegetables, cattle and hog production. She immediate past Chair of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, past President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, and a former director of the American Soybean Growers Association. Weeks Duncanson is a member of the Carbon Market Working Group and APEX, and currently consults through Vela Environmental, a division of Kennedy and Coe. Previously she served as a marketing manager for Hubbard Milling Company and as legislative staff for former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz. Weeks Duncanson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute Public Policy fellowship program and The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers. Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communications from Luther College and is a native of Wayzata, Minnesota.

Betti Wiggins

Detroit Public Schools - MI

Betti Wiggins is the executive director for the Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition and responsible for school-based meal operations in 143 schools for all USDA child nutrition programs and non-program sales, facilities management, employees and services; training programs for all levels of staff, and managing external business relationships with vendors, school principals and non-profit organizations. Ms. Wiggins holds a degree in nutrition from Wayne State University. She has pursued graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate in municipal management from George Washington University.


Fred Yoder

Yoder Ag Services, and Chair of The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance - OH

Fred Yoder is a fourth generation farmer who has lived and farmed near Plain City, Ohio, for more than 40 years. Along with his wife, Debbie, and his two children, he grows corn, soybeans and wheat on his farm of 1,500 acres.

Fred has served as President of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), which has over 40,000 dues paying members, and also represents over 300,000 corn farmers in the United States who support the association with their check-off contributions. He has also served for many years in the Ohio Corn Growers Association in various leadership positions. He also served as Chairman of the NCGA’s Biotech Working Group, which helped to develop protocols to ensure that new emerging technologies could be used safely on the farm while protecting other existing crop systems.

Fred has traveled many times to the European Union to speak about co-existence of production systems, where both organic and other production systems can thrive side by side as neighbors. He is spending a great deal of time these days looking at ways to deal with increasing corn demand while addressing the issues of pending climate policy, conservation and sustainability concerns. He is a charter member of the Board of Directors of "Solutions from the Land," which is a non-profit organization working with the World Bank in organizing the "Global Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance," enabling developed and developing countries to ramp up global food production and distribution in a sustainable way.

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