Staff

Sanaz Arjomand

Sanaz leads the Coalition’s federal policy strategy and implementation. Prior to this role, she spent three years at the helm of the federal policy team at American Farmland Trust. She has also managed a rural school garden as a service

Kindle Dunning

Before joining Young Farmers, Kindle worked as a bookkeeper and consultant with several environmental and social justice non-profits in the Buffalo, New York area. Her experiences working at goat dairy creameries in Oregon and Vermont sparked a love of small-scale

Faith Shaeffer

Faith is the Coalition’s 2019 Summer Fellow, helping our Grassroots and Development teams. Faith just graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Economics and Comparative American Studies, with minors in Rhetoric & Composition and Law & Society. Before joining

Bilal Sarwari

Bilal works with the executive team and communications director to refine our membership strategy and coordinate communications and outreach. He hails from the Piedmont region in Georgia where he has worked as an urban farmer, managed a therapeutic garden program,

Adam Brock

Adam provides strategy and support to Young Farmers staff and chapters throughout the Colorado River Basin. Prior to joining Young Farmers, Adam served as co-founder and co-director of The GrowHaus, a food justice nonprofit in Denver, as well as a

Jaklyn Van Manen

Jaklyn joins Young Farmers with 10 years of experience in government, non-profit, and higher education sectors. Most recently, she led her own consulting firm, helping organizations and small businesses grow and scale. She holds a Master of Arts from New

Maddie Morley

Maddie comes to the National Young Farmers Coalition after farming for eight years, most recently as the owner and farmer at Grass + Grit Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in the Hudson Valley. In addition to farming, she has worked

Ernesto Meza

Before joining Young Farmers, Ernesto worked as the Lead Outreach Director for the San Joaquin Pride Center in Stockton, where he oversaw a state grant and advocated for the LGBT+ community in San Joaquin County. Prior to that, he worked as a

Zoey Fink

Zoey is a native New Mexican with a passion for local food systems and the communities that support them. Zoey also works part-time with the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust, protecting land and wildlife in the Rio Grande Valley through conservation easements. Previously, Zoey was

Jennifer Benson

Jennifer is based in Denver, Colorado where she pursues state policy change in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. She joined the NYFC  team after earning her law degree from the University of Colorado Law School where she focused her studies on

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