Board of Directors

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Solutions from the Land is guided by a Board of Directors composed of agriculture, forestry and conservation thought leaders.

Co-Chairs
A.G. Kawamura
Produce/specialty crop grower and shipper; Former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Founding Partner, Orange County Produce, LLC.; President, Solutions For Urban Agriculture

Fred Yoder
Corn, soybean, and wheat producer; Past President, National Corn Growers Association; Director, Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association; Chair, North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA)

Thomas Lovejoy
Biodiversity Chair, University Professor, George Mason University; Founder, Nature Television Series; Formerly President, Heinz Center; Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank


President
Ernie Shea
President and CEO, Natural Resource Solutions, LLC.; Formerly CEO, National Association of Conservation Districts; Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Agricultural Development and Resource Conservation, State of Maryland


Board Members
Gale Buchanan
Formerly Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, USDA; Dean and Director Emeritus, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia; Co-chair, Research, Development and Knowledge Sharing Work Group

Melinda Kimble
Senior Fellow, UN Foundation; Formerly, Ms. Kimble served as a state department foreign service officer, attaining the rank of minister-counselor. She served in policy-level positions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, overseeing multilateral development issues and debt policy; in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES), leading environmental negotiations (e.g, Climate Change Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 1997). Her assignments abroad include Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Tunisia. 

Pat O’Toole
Rancher, conservationist and public lands expert; President, Family Farm Alliance

Rudy Rice
Chair, Native Pollinators in Agriculture; former President, National Association of Conservation Districts; past Chairman, National Conservation Foundation; former dairy farmer and partnership and public policy expert

Allen Rider
Retired President, New Holland North America; former Vice President, New Holland North America Agricultural Unit

Bart Ruth
Corn and Soybean producer; former President, American Soybean Association; 2005 Eisenhower Fellow for Agriculture

Nathan Rudgers
Senior Vice President, Farm Credit East; Formerly Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, The State of New York; President, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Sara Scherr
Founder, President, and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners; Formerly Director of Ecosystem Services, Forest Trends; Co-Leader, CGIAR Gender Program; Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute; Principal Researcher,World Agroforestry Centre; Author of Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (with Jeff McNeely)


SfL Founding Leaders
A.G. Kawamura, Co-Chair
Produce/specialty crop grower and shipper; Former Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Founding Partner, Orange County Produce, LLC.; President, Orange County Harvest

Thomas Lovejoy, Co-Chair
Biodiversity Chair, University Professor, George Mason University; Founder, Nature Television Series; Formerly President, Heinz Center; Chief Biodiversity Advisor and Lead Specialist for Environment for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank

Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator
President and CEO, Natural Resource Solutions, LLC.; Formerly CEO, National Association of Conservation Districts; Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Agricultural Development and Resource Conservation, State of Maryland

Sarah Alexander
Director of Environment Practice, The Keystone Center; Formerly Assistant and Writer, Center for Resource Management; Co-Chair, Monitoring Progress and Measuring Success Work Group

Ralph Ashton
Founder and Director, Australian Futures Project;Formerly Convener and Chair,Terrestrial Carbon Group at the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the EnvironmentCo-Chair, Markets to Generate Solutions from the Land Work Group

Mohamed Bakarr
Senior Environmental Specialist in the Secretariat, Global Environment Facility at the World Bank; Formerly Executive Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science, Conservation International; Director of Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Director General, World Agroforestry Center

Gale Buchanan
Formerly Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, USDA;Dean and Director Emeritus, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia; Co-chair, Research, Development and Knowledge Sharing Work Group

John Buchanan
Senior Director of Food Security and Agribusiness, Conservation International; 15+ years at CI, Formerly worked in the food packaging sector

Mark Cackler
Manager, Agriculture and Environmental Services Department, World Bank; Formerly
Overseas Representative, John Deere Intercontinental, Ltd.

Jason Clay
Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF); Most recently, author of World Aquaculture and the Environment (2009), Exploring the Links between International Business and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Unilever in Indonesia (2005) and World Agriculture and the Environment (2004)

David Cleary
Director of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy; Formerly Academic, University of Edinburgh; Academic, University of Cambridge; Academic, Harvard University

Neil Conklin
President, Farm Foundation, NFP; Formerly Director of the Market and Trade Economics Division, USDA’s Economic Research Service; Vice President and Chief Economist, Farm Credit Council; Professor, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Colorado State University

Chuck Conner
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; Formerly Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance, National Economic Council; President, Corn Refiners Association, Inc.; Majority Staff Director, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

Reid Detchon
Vice President for Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation; Executive Director, Energy Future Coalition; Formerly: Director of Special Projects in Washington, Turner Foundation; Principal, Podesta Associates; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy, US DOE; Principal Speechwriter, Vice President George H. W. Bush

Dan Dooley
Senior Vice President, External Relations and Special Advisor for Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California; Formerly Chief Deputy Director, California Department of Food and Agriculture; Chair, California Water Commission; Partner, Dooley, Herr and Peltzer, LLP; Partner, Dooley Farms

Cornelia Flora
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Sociology, Iowa State University; Author of Communities and Agroecosystems, Rural Communities: Legacy and Change, 3rd edition; Former Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development; Co-Chair Research, Development and Knowledge Sharing Work Group

Ben Grumbles
President, U.S. Water Alliance; Formerly: Assistant Administrator for Water, US EPA; Director, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; Deputy Chief of Staff and Environmental Counsel, U.S. House Science Committee; Senior Counsel for the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Co-chair, Policies to Extend the Range of Services from the Land Work Group

Richard Hamilton
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Inc.; Founding Member, Council for Sustainable Biomass Production; Formerly Vice Chairman, Biotechnology Industry Organization; Principal, Oxford Bioscience Partners; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

John Hardin
Owner, Hardin Farms; Formerly President, National Pork Producers Council; Chairman, United States Meat Export Federation; Chair, Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Chicago Board of Trade; Vice Chair of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade, USDA and US Trade Representative

Melinda Kimble
Senior Fellow, UN Foundation; Formerly, Ms. Kimble served as a state department foreign service officer, attaining the rank of minister-counselor. She served in policy-level positions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, overseeing multilateral development issues and debt policy; in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES), leading environmental negotiations (e.g, Climate Change Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 1997). Her assignments abroad include Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Tunisia. 

Jim Lyons
Senior Director of Renewable Energy, Defenders of Wildlife; Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Formerly Vice President for Policy and Communications, Oxfam America; Vice President, Oxfam America Action Fund; Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S.Department of Agriculture; Co-chair, President Clinton’s National Clean Water Task Force

Marty Matlock
Professor of Ecological Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Executive Director for the Office for Sustainability, and Program Director for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, University of Arkansas; Chair of the Environmental Protection Commission, Cherokee Nation; Co-Chair, Monitoring Progress and Measuring Success Work Group

Cassie Phillips
Vice President of Sustainable Forests and Products, Weyerhaeuser; Formerly Legislative Assistant, US Senator Slade Gorton; Chief Counsel, Senate Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; Co-Chair Markets to Generate Solutions from the Land Work Group 

Debbie Reed
Executive Director, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG); Executive Director, International Biochar Initiative; President and Director, DRD Associates; Formerly Director of Legislative Affairs and Agricultural Policy, White House Climate Change Task Force; Senior Legislative Assistant, US Senator J. Robert Kerrey 

Allen Rider
Management consultant; Formerly President, New Holland North America; faculty member at Oklahoma State University and University of Nebraska

Nathan Rudgers
Senior Vice President, Farm Credit East; Formerly Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, The State of New York; President, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

Bart Ruth
Corn and soybean farmer; Formerly President, American Soybean Association; 2005 Agriculture Fellow, Eisenhower Fellowships; Next Generation Fellow, Columbia University’s American Assembly

Sara Scherr
Founder, President, and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners; Formerly Director of Ecosystem Services, Forest Trends; Co-Leader, CGIAR Gender Program; Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute; Principal Researcher, World Agroforestry Centre; Author of Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (with Jeff McNeely)

Dave Tenny
President and CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners; Formerly Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products, American Forest and Paper Association; Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources, USDA; Counsel and Policy Advisor, US House Committee on Agriculture 

Neal Van Alfen
Professor of Plant Pathology and Former Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis;  Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Former Chair, National Agricultural Biotechnology Council; Former President, American Phytopathological Society; Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems to be published by Elsevier Press; Editor, Annual Review of Phytopathology; Co-Chair, Policies to Extend the Range of Services from the Land Work Group

Jay Vroom
President and CEO, CropLife America; Formerly Executive Vice President and CEO, National Fertilizer Solutions Association; Chief Executive, Merchants Exchange of St. Louis, Mo