NSAC Staff Photo Fall 2014

Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist, holds an M.S. in Agriculture and Food Policy and an M.P.H from Tufts University.  She also has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College.  As a FoodCorps member in rural Montana, Alyssa established and expanded a farm to school program, and she has worked on food and agriculture policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, New England Farmers Union, and the National Farm to School Network.  After interning with NSAC while in graduate school, she was the lead contributor to the 2015 Farmers’ Guide to the Conservation Stewardship Program.

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.

Emma Ertinger, Administrative Associate, holds an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.  At Maxwell she developed a watershed conservation communications strategy for the City of Auburn in Upstate New York.  Previously she worked for the New York City Council as an aide to Deputy Leader for Policy Brad Lander.  Prior to that, she served as an AmeriCorps Member in Brooklyn, working on SNAP, WIC, and Medicaid enrollment.

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.

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 member organizations.

Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director, has been NSAC’s senior Washington, D.C., representative since its founding in 1988 and oversees NSAC’s federal policy work. Prior to his work with NSAC, for nearly a decade he represented Interfaith Action for Economic Justice and its predecessor, the Interreligious Taskforce on U.S. Food Policy, on federal farm, food, and development policy. He has consulted with many NGOs and has served on numerous USDA advisory committees. A graduate of Oberlin College, he has also undertaken graduate work in ethics and economics at Wesley Theological Seminary and American University.

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 Food System Integrity Committee and the Conservation, Energy, and Environment Committee.

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.

Paul Wolfe, Policy Specialist, has worked on sustainability and food issues in the United States Senate for over 8 years. He holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Gonzaga University. Paul has spent the last six years working for Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).  Prior to that he was the Senior Policy Analyst for the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production where he contributed to the Commission’s final report and led its Congressional education efforts.  He previously worked for Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).