Farm Aid Board & Staff

Farm Aid Board

  • David Anderson
  • Richard Fields
  • Joel Katz
  • Dave Matthews
  • John Mellencamp
  • Lana Nelson (Secretary)
  • Willie Nelson (President)
  • Mark Rothbaum
  • Evelyn Shriver (Treasurer)
  • Neil Young
  • Paul English (1985–2020)

Development Advisory Council

  • Yan Besner
  • Tim Bucher
  • Will Dailey
  • The DeFeo Family
  • M. Lavin
  • Robert & Kaci Lyford
  • Cheryl Pawelski
  • Randy Poe

Farm Aid Staff

Carolyn Mugar

Executive Director, Officer of the Organization

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 Yoder

Associate Director, Officer of the Organization

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!

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“If your life’s work can be accomplished in your lifetime, you’re not thinking big enough.” — Wes Jackson

Jennifer Fahy

Jennifer, Farm Aid’s Communications Director, has been with Farm Aid since 2002. 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, responsible for enhancing Farm Aid’s internal organization processes and infrastructure so it can thrive and fulfill its mission. She leads and manages organizational planning and budgeting, financial management, human resources, and administrative operations. She joined Farm Aid in 2012 after having spent over a decade in leadership roles for service-oriented, nature-based, and educational non-profit organizations. Caroline earned a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration on sustainable community development from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring and appreciating the outdoors with her family, playing and listening to music, and tinkering with craft and design projects.

Alicia Harvie

Alicia is Farm Aid’s Advocacy & Farmer Services Director and guides the organization’s advocacy, research, farmer services and policy-related activities. Alicia was born in Exeter, New Hampshire and grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, with the state’s beautiful rural landscape at her fingertips. Alicia has a masters degree in Agricultural & Environmental Science and Policy from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her previous work includes research into U.S. farm household economics and a year spent interviewing farmers across several states for her undergraduate thesis. Alicia is a self-titled music junkie and when she’s not huddled at her desk working to music, she is probably teaching yoga, hiking, cooking, or traveling.

Steve Snyder

Steve is the Development and Brand Director here at Farm Aid. He joined the staff full-time in 2018 after volunteering to help coordinate all but one Farm Aid since 1997. Steve attended college in the heart of Ohio’s farm country and has spent nearly three decades working on development and branding initiatives for a variety of non-profit organizations both professionally, as well as in his spare time. Outside of work, you’ll find him making the rounds of his local family farms for the perfect ear of silver corn or whatever else is in season, but it’s the day-to-day soul nourishment he gets by hearing from Farm Aid supporters – and witnessing the impact their collective efforts have – that keeps him singing in the shower, and fortunately not in the office.

Matt Glidden

Matt is Farm Aid’s Online Marketing Director. 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, digging around for new music, and traveling the world through his cookbooks.

Caroline Malcolm Fiore

Caroline is Farm Aid’s Development Manager. She’s been a part of the Farm Aid staff since 2010, serving in various roles, and is currently enjoying the opportunity to connect with Farm Aid’s donors around the country and collaborate with staff on ways to engage with supporters year-round. She finds inspiration in learning why folks feel Farm Aid’s mission is so important and loves to share updates about our work. Away from her desk, Caroline enjoys exploring the outdoors, discovering new music, traveling as often as possible and eating her way through Boston’s restaurant and farmers’ market scenes!

Jessica Kurn

Jessica is Farm Aid’s Online Communications and Marketing Manager. She works with web and social media platforms to amplify Farm Aid’s work and expand its online engagement. She studied agriculture and food policy at Tufts University, and has reported on these topics 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!

Sophie Friedman

Sophie is Farm Aid’s Administrative Coordinator. As well as providing backup support for a number of the staff, she’s been enjoying building new relationships as the coordinator for the grants program and for the volunteer program. She joined Farm Aid shortly after graduating from Clark University. Her time spent volunteering on organic farms (WWOOFing) and eating adventurously fueled her interest in food issues. When she’s not in the office, Sophie relishes sampling new restaurants, traveling, and petting other people’s dogs.

Madeline Lutkewitte

Maddie is Farm Aid’s Hotline Manager, answering calls and emails from farmers across the country and working one-on-one to address their needs. Maddie comes to Farm Aid after completing the University of Vermont’s Farmer Training Program, where she learned to grow vegetables, operate tractors, and to create and review farm financial documents. While farming, her long-held appreciation for those who grow our food sparked an interest in directly serving farmers and their communities. Prior to farming, she worked as consultant for IBM. Outside of the office, she loves swimming in almost any body of water, hiking, and finding new things that Boston has to offer.

Lauren Cotnoir

Lauren is Farm Aid’s Cause Marketing Manager, working on both new business opportunities and furthering Farm Aid’s food and culture programming. Lauren is a New Hampshire native who fell in love with food and culture after studying abroad at the Slow Food University in Pollenzo, Italy through the University of New Hampshire’s EcoGastronomy program and is thrilled to bring her past experience in marketing to help advance the mission of Farm Aid. Outside of the office, you can find her exploring her new neighborhood outside of Boston, cooking up all the vegetables she can get her hands on, or back home in New Hampshire hiking in the White Mountains with her family.

Claire Kozower

Claire is Farm Aid’s Operations Manager. She joined the staff in 2020 to assist with HR and day-to-day office functions and provide overall support for Farm Aid’s many initiatives. Her passion for Farm Aid’s mission developed in her late teens when she began to recognize the linkages between our most pressing social and environmental issues and our food production systems and policies. Wanting to be part of solutions, Claire has spent over thirty years working on farms, coordinating farm-to-school programs, directing a nonprofit farm focused on food access and education, and most recently working for an international nonprofit providing loans and advisory services to agricultural cooperatives around the globe. Her favorite days are ones that include her hands in the soil, ample sleep and time with loved ones.

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