August 5, 2013
For Immediate Release
August 5, 2013
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Taps Former RE-AMP Coordinator as Managing Director
Washington, D.C. August 5, 2013 – The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition announced today that Jeremy Emmi, J.D., former RE-AMP Coordinator and former Executive Director of Michigan Nature Association, has been named as its new Managing Director. NSAC is the leading member-driven grassroots coalition advocating for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. Emmi is being introduced today to the NSAC membership at its annual summer meeting.
Emmi joins NSAC after spending the last two and half years coordinating operations of a large eight-state network of foundations and nonprofits engaged in efforts promoting energy efficiency, clean energy, climate action, and efficient transportation options in the Midwest. Among other leadership responsibilities, Emmi was in charge of developing and fundraising for RE-AMP’S annual budget of $3.5 million.
Emmi has a long history in conservation. Prior to his work at RE-AMP, he served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Nature Association, a statewide land preservation and conservation organization. Emmi has also served on many conservation organization boards and advisory committees during his time in Michigan.
Emmi graduated Magna Cum Laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Plant Pathology and a minor in Natural Ecosystem Protection. He also holds a J.D., with certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and several honors, from the Lewis & Clark Law School .
“We are thrilled to have Jeremy coming on board as the new Managing Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition,” said NSAC’s Organizational Council Chair Traci Bruckner. “Jeremy has an extensive background in issues important to the coalition, and brings a strong understanding of coalition work and structure. He will do an excellent job of moving the Coalition forward to achieve our collective goals to advance sustainable agriculture and food systems,” continued Bruckner.
NSAC’s Policy Director, Ferd Hoefner, agreed. “Jeremy brings extensive experience in managing coalitions and organizations effectively and we are delighted he is joining our team,” Hoefner said. Bruckner explains that Hoefner and Emmi will co-lead and manage NSAC, combining their talents to build the Coalition and increase NSAC’s impact.
Emmi said, “NSAC is widely known as the strongest sustainable agriculture policy shop in the country, coupled with a broad grassroots membership that has the depth of experience and knowledge needed to create positive change. I understand many of the challenges that our shared work faces, and how coalitions or networks can create success, which is exactly why I am so excited to accept this position. I am eager to work with the exceptional staff members at NSAC and the Coalition members across the country to build a successful grassroots effort. This includes building member capacity, building the power of the Coalition, and growing the tools, relationships and the movement we need to win.”
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is a member-driven coalition of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
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