Jeremy Emmi, Managing Director, previously worked as Network Coordinator for the RE-AMP Network, a systems mapping and alignment effort focused on climate change advocacy in the Midwest; prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Michigan Nature Association, a statewide land trust. He holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark College and a B.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Michigan State University. Jeremy oversees NSAC operations, capacity-building of the coalition, fundraising, and strategic planning, with a goal of winning on the coalition’s shared issues.
Shavaun Evans, Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, holds an M.Ed. in Community Development Action from Vanderbilt University. She has organized grassroots food and farming campaigns in the Southeastern U.S., including a successful parent and student-led school food reform campaign in Nashville, TN. She’s also collaborated with advocates in Tennessee and Kentucky to manage farmers’ markets, community gardens, and local policy campaigns. Shavaun collaborates with NSAC staff and members to implement grassroots campaigns and leads NSAC’s grassroots advocacy efforts in Michigan.
Greg Fogel, Senior Policy Specialist, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds an M.S. in Environmental Planning and a Master of Public Policy degree. Greg has worked as a campaign coordinator, an educator, a researcher, and an advocate in the U.S. and abroad. Greg staffs NSAC’s Conservation, Energy, and Environment Committee and coordinates NSAC’s annual appropriations work.
Emily Gilbert, Organizational Management Coordinator, holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from New York University. She previously served as a legal assistant and advocate for transparent food marketing and labeling, and improved consumer access to healthy and sustainable foods. Emily has conducted research on gender equity and environmental management in Belize, Madagascar, and South Africa.
Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director, has worked as an advocate and catalyst for sustainable food and farm efforts across the U.S. Her past work focused on improving small farm viability, increasing fresh food access, and building leadership in rural communities. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College. Sarah develops and coordinates NSAC’s national grassroots advocacy campaigns in collaboration with NSAC staff and member organizations.
Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, has been NSAC’s senior Washington, D.C., representative since 1988. He oversees all of NSAC’s federal policy work and has been involved in nearly every federal agricultural budget and appropriations bills as well as each of the omnibus farm bills since 1977.
Eugene Kim, Policy Specialist, is a graduate of the University of California Davis, School of Law, and the University of California, Berkeley. Eugene most recently worked on policy advocacy at the Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization The Food Trust to improve healthy food access for underserved communities around the U.S. She has also worked for various organizations on issues such as developing local food systems, value-added agricultural enterprises, Farmers Market Nutrition Programs, food safety, and the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer and Rancher program. Eugene staffs NSAC’s Marketing, Food Systems, and Rural Development Committee and supports work in the Diversity and Food System Integrity Committees.
Sophia Kruszewski, Policy Specialist, holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. At Vermont Law School, Sophia worked for the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems and the Institute for Energy and the Environment on a variety of projects, which included publishing a farmers’ guide to energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Sophia staffs NSAC’s Farming Opportunities and Fair Competition Committee and the Conservation, Energy, and Environment Committee.
Ariane Lotti, Assistant Policy Director, holds a B.A. and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. She has served as the Policy Director for the Organic Farming Research Foundation, and Policy Associate for OFRF and NSAC. She is a published author, and has worked on and conducted research on organic and conventional farms in the US and Europe. Ariane coordinates NSAC’s policy campaigns, serves as a liaison between the grassroots and policy staff, and staffs several program areas, including organic and food safety issues. She serves on USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Advisory Committee on Agriculture Statistics.
Juli Obudzinski, Senior Policy Specialist, holds an M.S. in Agriculture and Food Policy from Tufts University. She has researched regional food production capacities, coordinated federal grant programs on organic and specialty crop research, and helped develop a policy platform for expanding Iowa’s local food economy. She staffs NSAC’s Research, Extension, and Education Committee and also works on federal farm program issues and beginning farmer initiatives.