Executive Committee

NFFC’s board of directors is comprised of one representative from each member organization. The Executive Committee, a subset of the board, is the chief decision-making body of the coalition. The EC is made up of four officers and up to ten at-large members, and is voted in by member organizations at the annual NFFC winter meeting.

2018 Executive Committee

Officers
President: Jim Goodman
Vice President: Betsy Garrold
Secretary: Bruce Drinkman
Treasurer: Wilma Tope

Members at Large:
Dena Hoff
Savi Horne
Scott Marlow
Andrianna Natsoulas
Monica Rainge
Wilma Tope
Lynn Wolff

Officers

Jim Goodman, President: Jim is an organic dairy farmer in Wonewoc, Wisconsin, and a long-time member of Family Farm Defenders. FFD has worked for many years to support sustainable agriculture, farm worker rights, animal welfare, consumer safety, fair trade, and food sovereignty.

Betsy Garrold, Vice-President: Betsy homesteads in Knox, Maine, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Belfast Co-op, and serves as President of the Board of Directors of Food for Maine’s Future. FMF is working to build solidarity and alliances between rural people in Maine and around the world, pushing the local foods movement to address issues like land reform, patents, and political organizing against the well-funded agribusiness lobby. Among other issues, Betsy has fought on behalf of local food ordinances, raw milk sales and labeling GMO foods.

Bruce Drinkman, Secretary: Bruce is a former dairy farmer in Wisconsin and a member of Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Association.

Members At Large

Dena Hoff: Dena represents the Northern Plains Resource Council on the NFFC Board. She raises sheep, cattle, alfalfa, corn, and edible dry beans, among other crops, on her farm in Glendive, Montana since 1979. She is an active member of her rural community, serving on the Water Commission and the local food cooperative. She is also active with the Western Organization of Resource Councils. Dena is former co-chair of the North American region of La Via Campesina (US/Canada/Mexico), and has represented NFFC at international meetings, including Seattle, Cancun, Mexico City, Geneva, and at FAO (United Nations) in Rome.

Savi Horne: Savi is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, Land Loss Prevention Project, which was created to provide legal expertise, community education, and advocacy skills to help farmers and rural landowners facing legal, economic, and environmental challenges. Savi received her B.A. in Urban Legal Studies from City College, City University of New York, and her J.D. from Rutgers.

Scott Marlow: Scott is Senior Policy Specialist at RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International), a non-profit organization based in Pittsboro, NC. Previously RAFI’s Executive Director, Scott also directed RAFI’s Farm Sustainability program, providing in-depth financial counseling to farmers in crisis, education on disaster assistance programs and access to credit, and addressing the needs of mid-scale farmers increasing the sustainability of their farms by transitioning to higher-value specialty markets. Scott’s specialty is financial infrastructure, including access to credit and risk management, and how that infrastructure addresses food security and global climate change. He has served on the steering committee of the National Task Force to Renew Agriculture of the Middle, the Organization Council of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the Board of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, the Board of the NC Farm Transition Network, and the NC Agricultural Advancement Consortium and serves on the Advisory Committee of the NC Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. He has a Masters Degree in Crop Science from NC State University, and a BA in Political Science from Duke University.

Monica Rainge: Monica is Director of Land Retention and Advocacy for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives. She grew up in the southern pines of Thomasville, Georgia, where her experiences as a Master 4-Her focused her educational studies in agriculture and law. Monica earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business (Summa Cum Laude) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a law degree from the University of Florida. During law school, she served as a research assistant to Dr. Michael Olexa, Director of the University of Florida Agricultural Law Program and coauthored a publication on Florida fence law. She earned a Master of Laws in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Graduate Program in Agricultural Law in 1999. Monica has worked in the public and private agricultural sectors for over 20 years.

Wilma Tope: Wilma is Wyoming rancher and represents Powder River Basin Resource Council.

Lynn Wolff: Lynn represents the Citizens Sustainability League of North Dakota.