Staff

Abel Ruiz

I am originally from a rural community in Zacatecas, Mexico but have called Santa Ana, California my home for more than half of my life. I love Santa Ana because it has deep roots back to my culture. “Agriculture runs

Vanessa García Polanco

Vanessa is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and she brings her identities and experiences to shape her advocacy and research activities. Vanessa is a graduate from Michigan State University and the University of Rhode Island. She has worked with Food Solutions New

Katherine Un

Katherine is passionate about finding creative ways to connect people to power in the movement for a brighter farm and food future. Before joining Young Farmers, Katherine worked with the Organization for Competitive Markets to engage farmers and ranchers to

Erika Rincon

Erika comes to the National Young Farmers Coalition with a diverse agricultural background which includes farming experience in the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and Brooklyn, NY. Since leaving the fields, Erika has worked on a variety of food justice initiatives,

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 Grassroots Coordinator, helping our farmers engage in our advocacy campaigns, supporting Convergence, and running our new Seed Grant program. Faith graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Economics and Comparative American Studies, with minors in

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

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