Kristin Kirkpatrick: June message

As we transition to warmer months, I’m thinking about our academic partners and the challenging and amazing year you have just pulled off. Congratulations, you did it! As your students celebrate the end of the year, I wanted to use this note to celebrate you, and the amazing innovation, persistence, and grit that you all have brought to this academic year. From changing the way you do…well, almost everything, to ensuring that equity was top of mind in your support of students.

You’ll find a few highlights in this newsletter. Please join us for our open forum as we finalize the hire that will launch our national communications strategy – you’ll find details below.

Finally, as many of our members are planning to return to the office after Labor Day, we have shifted our Together We Grow annual meeting dates to Sept. 21-22. We have a fantastic agenda planned; please save the date.

This newsletter will resume in August – happy summer to you all!

With gratitude,



This message was included in Together We Grow’s June newsletter. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, Executive Director, Together We Grow

Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director for Together We Grow and the Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agribusiness, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Kristin works alongside a consortium of many of the world’s largest agribusiness interests, including members of industry, non-governmental organizations, higher education, and government institutions. Together We Grow is focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce that can power the innovation needed to feed the future.   

Kristin has always had a passion for systems change that creates more equitable opportunities and has done this work through the lenses of public health, policy advocacy, and community development. Most recently, she helped lead Kimbal Musk’s national nonprofit Big Green, which integrates food literacy education into school curriculums across the country.

Kristin has been an instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at CSU and served as Chief of Wellness Planning for Bellisimo Development Inc., helping lead the master planning, design, and actualization of the award-winning Bucking Horse and landmark Jessup Farm projects in Fort Collins, Colo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from CSU and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado.