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Lauren Baer

Executive Director

Lauren Baer is the Executive Director for Together We Grow, located at Colorado State University. In this role, Lauren 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.

Lauren has a passion for people and problem solving. Her professional and personal passions align on creating more equitable and inclusive environments, understanding and mitigating barriers to entry and success for diverse populations and focusing on sustainable food systems. She thrives on connecting resources and people to reach greater and more productive outcomes than could be achieved alone.

Lauren has spent her career focused on the workforce in the energy, manufacturing and retail industries. She most recently served as Vice President, Human Resources and Community Investments for QEP Energy where she had responsibility for human resources, community investments and partnerships and corporate communications. Lauren has been featured in Profile magazine for her work in leadership and corporate culture, and she was recognized on the 2020 list of top women in energy by the Denver Business Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational and interpersonal communications from Oral Roberts University and a master’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University.

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.