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Anna is continually inspired by the commitment, conviction, and good work being facilitated by WFAN and is grateful to work alongside farmers, foodies, and women who bring their own unique perspectives to the table.
Anna believes w all have a role to play in creating an ecologically and socially just food system, and working with WFAN reminds her that by working collaboratively we can facilitate such lasting change.
She grew up in Fairfield, Iowa surrounded by farm land, but not familiar with it. She was familiar with healthy food and worms and butterflies thanks to her mother’s backyard gardening experiments; they showed her where those horrid things called tomatoes came from and where those delicious snow peas could be gleaned (she still loves snow peas and has developed a delicious appreciation for heirloom tomatoes). Since those backyard adventures, she has wandered around Iowa and the world. She loves to see new places and learn about unfamiliar things – whether close to home or far away.
Currently, Anna works as an Environmental Planner focusing on natural resource conservation and economic development for Pathfinders RC&D in Fairfield. Her professional experience has revolved around working with municipalities, businesses, and non-profits in a variety of capacities, to find appropriate ways for the natural and built environment to healthily co-exist. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning and a M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture.
Kari has been working with nonprofit, social change organizations for two decades. She recently co-founded a new organization ‘Women Building Power’ whose mission is to engage and unite women to build power to achieve economic, social and political equity for women.
Prior to founding WPB in November 2014, she worked many years at a statewide nonprofit as the membership and training director and as a community organizer working with family farmers and rural communities to address issues that impacted them. Kari consults with organizations across the country on membership, fundraising, strategy development, direct action and leadership development; and she’s part of a national training team to train young organizers. Kari and her husband Kevin live on a small farm south of Norwalk with her working border collies and a small flock of hair sheep.
Anna originally hails from Maryland and earned a Master’s Degree in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University.
While not from a farming background, she has been interested and
involved in agriculture for over a decade. She started reading and studying agricultural issues in college, ultimately majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in sustainable agriculture at Yale.
After that, she spent two years working full-time on small vegetable CSA farms on the East Coast. She then settled near home in Washington, D.C. for three years where she worked in USDA’s budget office, after which she decided to pursue dual passions for agriculture and sociology at Iowa State. She lives in Ames, Iowa.
Ahna grew up in Albia, Iowa. After completing her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in sociology and gender studies, she went on to travel and work abroad, and later as a community organizer in Iowa.
Through her M.S. is Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology she worked with communities to understand enabling environments for the development of sustainable, just local food systems and communities. She also worked to identify limitations of local foods movements and how we might create more inclusive narratives. She has continued this work through nonprofits focused on food justice. As part of the WFAN board she believes that by learning from one another, organized women can be a real force for positive change on landscapes and in communities.
Emily is a graduate of Iowa State University, receiving her undergraduate majors in Agriculture & Society and Animal Science, and will be pursuing a graduate degree in Rural Sociology.
She is interested in the linkages between rural communities and sustainable food systems; specifically as they relate to community development and wellness programs, community supported agriculture systems, and the barriers that may inhibit an individual’s movement between those systems. She is humbled to be learning from and working with the incredible women of WFAN.
Emily has worked on livestock and horticulture farms, and has been riding horses since before she has been able to walk. You will often find her judging horse shows, gardening, and running.
Sophie grew up attending summer camp on a small farm outside of Iowa City where she first learned about the magic of soil and strength of the earth. Sophie took her passion for the land to Grinnell College where studied anthropology and Spanish.
While at Grinnell, she completed her senior thesis on women alternative farmers in Iowa, studying ten women’s identities, their motivations to farm and their knowledge sharing practices. After graduation, Sophie moved to Washington, DC to complete a service corps year at Brainfood, a youth development non-profit that teaches high school aged youth life skills through food and cooking. Sophie also interned at National Farmers Union where she helped to organize their women farmer conference, as well as compile a women farmer blog. Sophie is honored to serve on the WFAN Board and advocate for the voices of all women farmers in hopes of contributing to a more just and sustainable food system.
Hailing from Haiti, Maritza completed a double Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University.
Her interests include food sovereignty, food waste reduction, sustainable planning, agricultural policy, and agroforestry. While she awaits building her homestead and tree house somewhere in the tropics, Maritza is committed to deepen her knowledge on sustainable agriculture which she believes is the way the world should feed itself. She looks forward to learning from, working with, and serving the amazing women who are part of the WFAN family.
Throughout her time working in food systems and agriculture, Jess has found WFAN to be a great source of inspiration and community. She loves the work WFAN does, the way that work is done, and what this community means to the many women whose lives are touched by this work.
Jess considers it an honor to serve on the board, working side by side with so many amazing women as we continue to widen our circles of connection to this action, inspiration, and community.
She serves as the Farm Marketing Specialist with Lutheran Services in Iowa’s Global Greens program, which helps reconnect farmers who came to the U.S. with refugee status to the land. Her role at Global Greens includes supporting the farmers in managing their markets, record keeping, and business planning. She loves this work and the opportunity to assist the Global Greens farmers as they continue to build new lives in Iowa. Prior to coming to LSI, Jess worked in the fields of food systems and ag, social services, and education. In 2012 she graduated from Iowa State with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Sociology and a certificate in Social Justice in Higher Education. She loves to spend time hiking, gardening, and building community around social justice and good food!
Angie Carter grew up in rural Iowa during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. This experience inspires her writing, research, and activism in agrifood systems transformation as well as her commitment to rural places and people. Angie lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she works as an assistant professor of environmental and energy justice at Michigan Tech University, writes, and enjoys long walks in the woods with her pup, Willa.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Celize obtained her B.S. from Iowa State University in 2016, majoring in Animal Science and Global Resource Systems with a minor in Spanish. Her studies at Iowa State allowed her to take her curiosity about livestock production systems worldwide. Her excitement for poultry has allowed her to travel to Uganda in 2014 and 2015, working with farmers on their poultry production practices and with women who obtained microloans to raise chickens. Read more.
Following graduation from ISU, she went on to obtain an M.S. degree from Penn State University in 2018, where she majored in Rural Sociology and International Agricultural Development. Her thesis research focused on how poultry farmers in Rwanda use local knowledge to aid in addressing poultry health issues.
In addition to her interest in poultry and livestock systems, Celize has been a supporter of sustainable and equitable food systems. She is an advocate of validating farmers voices, highlighting their significance in the agricultural system by sharing their stories and lessons. She is honored in serving WFAN as a board member working diligently to build the network of women in making a just, equitable, and equal food system.
Sarah Carroll is a Maryland native who’s fallen in love with Midwest. Sarah is passionate about all things food, especially big challenges in crafting a food system that is just, sustainable, and equitable. She is the founding Executive Director of Greener Pastures, an emerging nonprofit to address factory farming and advance, humane sustainable agriculture. Sarah earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by a fellowship with an environmental advocacy group in D.C., working to advance clean water policy though grassroots organizing. She also served for several years at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin to increase food security in rural communities. Sarah is now earning a dual Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In her free time, Sarah loves cooking and baking up a storm, doing photography, outdoor adventuring, and hanging out with her husband and 20lb. cat Andre the Giant in their home in Northeast Minneapolis.