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
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.
Niaz Dorry, Treasurer: Prior to her position as coordinator director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, Niaz Dorry was the interim COO for the Healthy Building Network, helping to apply environmental justice principles to building materials. During that time, HBN worked to reimagine homes in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She also worked with Greenpeace for 11 years as a toxics and environmental justice campaigner. She spent two years in Ohio in that time, fighting alongside communities along the Ohio River Valley against a Waste Technologies Industries hazardous waste incinerator. It was during her time at Greenpeace that she began working with community-based fishermen. The span of her work has made her well aware of the problems facing rural communities through concentration, lost markets, crumbling infrastructure, and diminished health care.
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.
Andrianna Natsoulas: Andrianna is the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association-New York (NOFA-NY). She has been a social and environmental activist for over two decades, working with global food sovereignty movements and serving on national and international boards and committees to protect access to resources, fight trade agreements, and build alliances. Andrianna has been an independent consultant, writer, researcher, and advocate for more than half a dozen grassroots, regional, and international organizations. She received her master’s degree in Ecosystems Analysis and Governance from The University of Warwick, Coventry, England, and her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
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.