Our Team

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Pictured above: NYFC staff in December 2015.
NYFC is led by a board of directors, including farmers, farm service providers and social entrepreneurs.
 
Here is the growing list of people who are central to NYFC and the future of farming in the US:

 NYFC Staff  |  Board of Directors  |  Advisory Council

WHO WE ARE

Lindsey Lusher Shute
Lindsey Lusher Shute Executive Director Clermont, NY

With a background in organizing and state policy, Lindsey co-founded NYFC as a platform for young, progressive farmers to have a meaningful influence on the structural obstacles in the way of their success. Lindsey is a respected speaker and an expert on the structural issues facing family farms. In 2014, she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House. She and her husband own and operate Hearty Roots farm in the Hudson Valley.

Michelle Hughes
Michelle Hughes Director of Investments and Partnerships Hudson, NY

Michelle has been creating programs that increase knowledge, collaboration and equity across all levels of the food system for nearly 15 years and is the former director of the New Farmer Development Project in NYC. She holds a BS in conservation ecology and agroecology, and is a board member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.

Sophie Ackoff
Sophie Ackoff National Field Director Hudson, NY

Sophie helps farmers across the country launch and grow local NYFC chapters. She also leads grassroots campaign work and manages corporate partnerships and the membership program. Sophie studied biology and environmental studies at Wesleyan University and has farmed on several CSA farms in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Kate Greenberg
Kate Greenberg Western Water Program Director Durango, CO

Before joining NYFC, Kate worked and volunteered on CSA vegetable farms, wineries, and ranches, and managed western field programs and native tree greenhouses. She graduated from Whitman College in 2009. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Quivira Coalition.

Holly Rippon-Butler
Holly Rippon-Butler Land Access Program Director Schuylerville, NY

Holly holds an M.E.M. in sustainable land use and agriculture from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and she has previously worked with the American Farmland Trust and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. She currently farms with her parents on their third-generation dairy and beef farm in Upstate New York.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen Policy Analyst Washington, DC

Eric holds an M.E.M. from Duke University, where he studied agriculture policy and community-based environmental management. Previously, he was a project associate at the Meridian Institute, where he supported multi-stakeholder problem solving around issues involving agriculture, food security, and community resilience.

Alex Funk
Alex Funk Southwest Policy Analyst

Prior joining NYFC, Alex worked with American Rivers to shape Farm Bill and state water policy. Alex holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and B.S. in environmental policy from Virginia Tech. Alex is based in Denver, CO where he grows hops and dabbles in mountain climbing.

Chelsey Simpson
Chelsey Simpson Communications Director Brooklyn, NY

Chelsey previously served as executive editor of Oklahoma Living magazine and communications manager for the National Farm to School Network. She is also a longtime member and past-president of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Now a resident of Brooklyn, Chelsey grew up on a fifth-generation dairy farm.

Leanna Mulvihill
Leanna Mulvihill Operations Manager New Paltz, NY

Leanna is a Hudson Valley native. When she’s not working at our Hudson headquarters, Leanna is running Four Legs Farm in Germantown, NY where she raises lamb, pork and beef. Leanna holds a BS in Forest Engineering from SUNY-ESF.

Sara Black
Sara Black Development Coordinator and Organizer Hudson, NY

Sara holds degrees in anthropology and ecology from the University of Georgia, and has published and presented her research, which focuses on building functional solidarities for racial justice across disparate movements, on an international stage.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alex Bryan, President
Alex Bryan, President Food Field Detroit, MI
Tierney Creech, Vice President
Tierney Creech, Vice President Washington Young Farmers’ Coalition Olympia, WA
Brian Depew
Brian Depew Center for Rural Affairs Lyons, NE
Clayton Harvey, The People’s Farm
Clayton Harvey, The People’s Farm White Mountain Apache Tribe White River, AZ
Jacob Israelow, Treasurer
Jacob Israelow, Treasurer Dirt Capital New York, NY
Tess Brown-Lavoie
Tess Brown-Lavoie Little City Growers Cooperative Providence, RI
Jacqueline Lewin
Jacqueline Lewin Yale Sustainable Food Program New Haven, CT
Virginie Pointeau
Virginie Pointeau Quivira Coalition Santa Fe, NM
Nicole Shore
Nicole Shore Zero to Sixty Communications New York, NY
Benjamin Shute
Benjamin Shute Hearty Roots Farm Clermont, NY
Adam Stofsky
Adam Stofsky New Media Advocacy Project Valatie, NY

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Derek Denckla
Derek Denckla Brooklyn, NY
Theodore Holt
Theodore Holt New York, NY
Mark Justh
Mark Justh Eaton, NY
Kim Larson
Kim Larson Washington, DC
Michel Nischan
Michel Nischan Bridgeport, CT
Andrew J. Rotherham
Andrew J. Rotherham Washington, DC
Karen Washington
Karen Washington New York, NY