The Connect Conference Advisory Council is composed of key leaders in the food and agriculture sector, including representatives across industry, higher education, and NGOs. Council members were chosen to support TWG in enhancing and expanding the Connect Conference in the areas of engagement, collaboration, and partnership, as well as representing the diverse perspectives across the sector and TWG’s membership.

Lauren Baer
Executive Director, Together We Grow

Niki Childers
Director of Partnerships, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

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David Collier
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, CHS, Inc.

Theressa Cooper
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Dan Harr
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, Scoular

Randy Irving
Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, Nutrien

Moses Kairo
Dean & Director of Land Grant Programs, School of Agricultural & Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Antonio McLaren
Vice President for Program Innovation & Implementation, the 1890 Universities Foundation

Philomena Morrissey Satre
Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships, Land O’Lakes

LaKisha Odom
Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Jeannette Robles
Director, Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, ADM

Quentin Tyler
Director of Michigan State University Extension

Ted Wells
Vice President, Client Services, STEMconnector