Todd Barker is a Senior Partner at Meridian Institute; he joined Meridian in 1999. Barker has more than 20 years of experience facilitating policy dialogues, negotiations, and strategy development processes. He has expertise in the areas of food and agriculture; chemicals, pesticides, and toxic substances; climate change, energy, and air quality; environmental cleanup and waste management; biodiversity and natural resources; mining; science and technology; security; and water.
Barker manages and leads policy dialogues, negotiations, and strategy development projects. He conducts convening assessments, designs processes, raises funds, plans and facilitates meetings, and helps participants develop consensus documents and implementation activities.
In recent years, Barker has focused extensively on issues relating to food and agriculture in both developed and developing countries. For example, he worked closely with eight major foundations over more than two years to help them envision and then launch AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy. In addition to his on-going work with AGree, Barker presently provides facilitation and strategy support to the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a unique coalition of foundations committed to leveraging resources to help shift food and agriculture systems towards greater sustainability, security, and equity. In 2010 he led Meridian’s Innovations for Agricultural Value Chains in Africa project. In this project, leading scientists and innovators collaborated with key players in the maize, cassava, and dairy value chains in Africa to identify innovative post-harvest management and processing technologies that reduce post-harvest crop loss.
Barker holds an M.S. in Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and a B.A. in History, also from the University of Michigan.