Farm Aid's Hardworking Board and Staff
Farm Aid's board artists and Executive Director at the 2006 press event prior to the concert. © Ebet Roberts.
Farm Aid Board
- David Anderson
- Paul English (Treasurer)
- Richard Fields
- Joel Katz
- Dave Matthews
- John Mellencamp
- Lana Nelson (Secretary)
- Willie Nelson (President)
- Mark Rothbaum
- Evelyn Shriver
- Neil Young
Development Advisory Board
- Joe DeFeo
- Donn & Veronica Heath
- M. Lavin
- Deb & Brian Leedom
- Travis Webb & Francesca Lynd
- Liora & Stephen Yalof
Farm Aid Staff
When Willie raised close to $7 million during the first Farm Aid concert in 1985, he knew he had to find an Executive Director who could handle the task of distributing all that money. He handpicked Carolyn Mugar, an activist for many social issues, including labor, environment, toxics, literacy, and community empowerment. Being half Armenian, Carolyn started a reforestation project in Armenia. In her "spare" time, Carolyn serves on a variety of non-profit boards, and is constantly finding new hobbies. We're all convinced that Carolyn doesn't sleep at night - that's the only way we figure she could manage to do all that she does!
Glenda grew up on a farm in Ohio. As a child, she helped her mother garden and put food by for the winter. Her chores included heading out to the pasture to find "Jerz" when milking time came around, and spinning the cream separator. Today in her backyard in Jamaica Plain, a Boston neighborhood, she's still growing food and freezing vegetables and fruits for the winter. She visits farms as often as possible, walking the fields and asking questions. From rural to urban life, good food and music still feeds her soul. Glenda is grateful for the privilege to work on behalf of family farmers, humbled by the extraordinary, creative team at Farm Aid. She's feeling very lucky!
"If your life's work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you're not thinking big enough." — Wes Jackson
Hilde Steffey is Farm Aid's Program Director and serves as the organization's principle issue analyst and program liaison. She joined Farm Aid after spending close to a decade gaining perspective and exposure at various levels of the food system from the halls of Congress to school cafeterias, even on the seat of a tractor. Hilde has a Masters 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 Grandpa Pete's farm just outside Lincoln, Nebraska, and trawling for vine-ripened tomatoes in her mom's salsa garden back home in Salt Lake City, Utah both experiences inspiring a life-long passion for food, farms and the outdoors.
Jennifer, Farm Aid's Communications Director, has been with Farm Aid for ten years. She loves to spread the word about good food from family farms and the important work of Farm Aid. According to Jennifer, the best part of her job is the intersection of people she gets to work with, from fellow staff and the Farm Aid board of directors, to farmers, activists and members of the media. Outside of the office, Jennifer is an avid cyclist and skier, a dedicated dog-mom,and a baker.
Caroline Campbell McCormick
Caroline is Farm Aid's Operations Director, helping to strengthen and maintain our organizational development and systems, including strategic planning, finance, and human resources. She recently joined Farm Aid, having spent over a decade in leadership roles for service-oriented, nature-based, and educational non-profit organizations. She received her master's in public policy with a concentration on sustainable community development from Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Caroline is thrilled to be part of the Farm Aid community working towards a thriving family farm system and vibrant, healthy communities. Outside of work, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her family, or playing music at local farmer's markets with her Americana band.
Kari is Farm Aid's Development Director. She meets with Farm Aid's donors to update them on our current initiatives and direction. Kari loves to hear what brought people into Farm Aid's world and how that connection has changed them. Growing up in Nebraska, she spent a lot of time on her grandparents' farms, swimming in cow tanks and running through corn fields. When she's not working, she's busy traveling or seeing all of her favorite bands when they come through Boston.
Matt is Farm Aid's Web Marketing Manager. He spends his time making sure everything on our website is updated, sharing Farm Aid videos, and updating our fans on social media with details on Farm Aid's latest efforts to get good food from family farms to plates across America. In his spare time, he loves skiing, biking, walking his dog, digging around for new music, and traveling the world through his cookbooks.
Alicia is Farm Aid's Program Manager, where she helps develop, support, and evaluate the organization's many activities and serves as its key issues researcher and writer. Alicia was born in Exeter, New Hampshire and grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with the state's beautiful rural landscape at her fingertips. Her time exploring America's food and farm system includes work in organic food business, the non-profit world, projects on federal animal welfare policy, and a year spent interviewing farmers across the East Coast for her undergraduate thesis. Alicia is a self-titled music junkie. When not seen singing to tunes on her iPod, she is probably hiking, cooking, traveling, or sipping a mocha at one of her favorite Boston cafes.
Joel Morton is Farm Advocate and coordinates the Farm Aid Hotline and Resource Network— call him at 1-800-FARM AID. Joel is from Iowa — one of his grandfathers was a farmer for 70 years, his mother was a farmgirl, and one of his siblings still farms in Iowa. Joel is a recovering academic. After 20 years of teaching at universities in Kansas, Iowa, and New York, he's very happy to find himself among the group of dedicated, grassroots activists at Farm Aid. About his claim to be the best popcorn maker east of the Mississippi, Joel says, "No brag, just fact."
Caroline is the Operations Coordinator at Farm Aid, and works to keep the organizational systems and structure running smoothly for Farm Aid's staff and supporters. Back home in Connecticut, Caroline kept a menagerie of farm animals and enjoyed the richness and lessons of the agricultural community she grew up in. Caroline counts herself lucky to be working with such a dedicated group of folks, promoting and preserving family farmer agriculture and working to establish a vibrant, sustainable food system for America. Away from her desk, Caroline enjoys exploring the outdoors, checking out live music, and eating her way through Boston's restaurant and farmers' market scenes!
Amanda is the new co-op student from Northeastern University who will be spending the next six months with Farm Aid. A third year journalism major originally from Philadelphia, Amanda will be writing, blogging, assisting members and planning the 2014 concert. Her interest in music, food and writing led her to pursue a position with Farm Aid. Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys traveling, snowboarding, running, reading and going to concerts in the city.
Jennifer is thrilled to serve as the HOMEGROWN Manager, a role that leaves her constantly inspired by the profusion of good stuff HOMEGROWN.org members are making, baking, crafting and growing. In turn, she aims to keep the site vital and engaging: a place where people get their hands dirty pursuing all kinds of DIY projects related to food. Although she spent the last decade working as a journalist in Chicago, Jennifer is an avid urban gardener and hails from a Texas family steeped in agriculture—not to mention the music of Willie Nelson, whom (useless trivia alert) she dressed up as for Halloween 2007.
Jessica Ilyse Kurn
Jessica Ilyse Kurn divides her time between running social media for the Farm Aid Resource Network, researching and writing policy-related materials, and working with Farm Aid's grants program. She studied agriculture and food policy at Tufts University, and has reported on these topics for the past few years for public radio shows and various written publications. Jessica grew up in Ohio, lived in New York City for almost a decade, and now lives and gardens in Somerville with her husband and new baby!