Farm Aid Board & Staff

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

  • Yan Besner
  • Tim Bucher
  • Will Dailey
  • The DeFeo Family
  • M. Lavin
  • Deb & Brian Leedom
  • Robert & Kaci Lyford
  • Randy Poe
  • Kevin & Ashley Steed

Farm Aid Staff

Carolyn Mugar

Executive Director, Officer of the Organization

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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

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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!

Email Glenda at glenda@farmaid.org.

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

Jennifer Fahy

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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.

Hilde Steffey

hilde_steffey_staff_page-2016Hilde is Farm Aid’s Program Director where she works to guide and integrate Farm Aid’s farmer service, resource network and grant programs, and serves as the liaison to the broader food systems funding community. Hilde joined Farm Aid in 2008 after spending close to a decade gaining perspective 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 Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent a number of years teaching about agriculture, nutrition and environmental science. Some of Hilde’s earliest memories are on her Grandpa Pete’s farm just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska, and trawling for vine-ripened tomatoes in her mom’s backyard salsa garden in Salt Lake City, Utah — both experiences inspiring a life-long passion for food, farms and the outdoors.

Caroline Campbell McCormick

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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.

Kari Nott

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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.

Matt Glidden

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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, walking his dog, digging around for new music, and traveling the world through his cookbooks.

Alicia Harvie

alicia-2017Alicia is Farm Aid’s Advocacy & Issues Director, where she guides advocacy, research, issues analysis and policy related activities to advance Farm Aid’s mission and goals. 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. When not seen singing to tunes on her iPod, she is probably hiking, cooking, or traveling.

Caroline Malcolm

caroline_malcolm-2017Caroline is Farm Aid’s Development Manager. She’s been a part of the Farm Aid staff for seven years, serving in various roles, and is currently enjoying the opportunity to connect with Farm Aid’s donor 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 Ilyse Kurn

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Jessica is Farm Aid’s Online Communications Specialist. 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!

Jennie Msall

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Jennie is Farm Aid’s Farm Advocate, working one-on-one with farmers across the country to address their unique resource needs. Jennie comes to Farm Aid with a deep commitment to supporting farmers at a local and global level. Most recently, Jennie worked at Equal Exchange, where she worked directly with banana producers in Peru and Ecuador to coordinate getting their product to the U.S. market. She has also developed and implemented community food access programs at The Food Project, and serves as a board member for the Dorchester Community Food Coop. Jennie loves bike commuting, swimming outside, growing food, and spending time with her twelve housemates in their cooperative home.

Don Graham

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Don is Farm Aid’s Office Manager, supporting the daily administrative functions of the organization. He joined Farm Aid after working in higher education for four years and is excited to be part of an organization that serves such an important community. He feels especially fortunate that the group’s mission involves one of his biggest passions outside of work – music! When he’s not in the office, Don also enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

Laura Brookshire

laura_brookshire-staff_pageLaura is Farm Aid’s Program Manager, working to manage Farm Aid’s grant program, farmer services, and resource network. She also works with Farm Aid’s Farm Advocate to help serve farmers directly. She grew up with a passion for gardening and farming in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and has over six years of experience in small-scale agriculture and working for and with farmers to strengthen local food economies. She has a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies with a concentration in sustainable development and a Masters degree in Public Administration, both from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Outside of work, Laura enjoys learning about regional foodways and exploring the local food and music scenes in the Boston area!

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