Fred Ames is a longtime resident of Southeastern Massachusetts. Most recently, he was instrumental in bringing back Langwater Farm in North Easton as a productive agricultural enterprise. He also has a long record as a volunteer in waging successful historic preservation campaigns to save buildings and landscapes of historic importance. Mr. Ames has worked as a wooden boat builder, a commercial loan officer, and an urban transportation consultant. Fred holds an MBA from Babson College and a dual Bachelor’s of Arts and Science degree in Finance from Boston University. He enjoys world travel with his two children, and spending time back at home sailing and hiking.
Scott Budde has 30 years of experience in investment management, banking and consulting with a focus on impact and community investing strategies. He is currently Project Director of the Maine Harvest Credit Project (MHCP) where he is working to create a specialized credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture and related food producers in Maine. The MHCP operates under the auspices of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and the Maine Farmland Trust. His prior bank experience includes 10 years in finance, strategic planning and credit analysis in Boston. He began his community development credit union work in 2012 and returned to Maine in 2013. Scott graduated from Bowdoin College and has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He lives in Portland with his wife and a poodle-terrier mix named Casco.
Stephen Burrington is the executive director of Groundwork USA, a national federation of sustainable community development organizations in economically stressed areas that engage residents, businesses and government in transforming neglected land and waterways into community assets. He previously was a consultant to state and local leaders and diverse private sector organizations, planning and helping implement strategies in sustainable land use, transportation and energy, and co-founder of an energy efficiency project development and finance firm. Steve also has served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, undersecretary in the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development, and vice president and general counsel of the Conservation Law Foundation.
Patty Duffy is an Agricultural Banking Officer at Community Bank, NA in Plattsburgh, NY. Her previous professional experience includes Agricultural Loan Officer at Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation, County Supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration in Vermont and New York, and Adjunct Professor for Dairy and Agribusiness - Vermont Technical College. Patty graduated with Honors from University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Animal Science. In addition, she is a Certified Veterinary Technician with prior experience in large, small, and exotic animal medicine and practice management.
Jennifer Hashley is the Director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. She is also a vegetable and livestock farmer and raises chickens, eggs, pork, sheep, rabbit, and specialty vegetables in Concord, MA. She is a farm business planning instructor for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and has organized farm labs and field trips for graduate students in the Tufts’ University Agriculture, Food and Environment program.
Jonathan W. Jaffe is Vice President and Farm Business Consultant/Farm Tax Specialist at Farm Credit East, ACA. He grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York, received a BS from Cornell University and then owned and operated his own dairy farm for several years. For the past 31 years Jon has worked for Farm Credit as a loan officer, appraiser, tax specialist and business consultant. He specializes in estate planning, generational business transfer and profitability analysis. He works with a variety of farm businesses in CT, MA, NH, NY, and RI.
John Moukad has worked in community development for more than 20 years, with a focus on community development finance, affordable housing, and education. Past positions include vice president at YouthBuild USA and program officer at the Enterprise Foundation. John is an independent consultant specializing in business analysis and strategy development. His clients include social investors, intermediaries, and community-based non-profit organizations.
Christina L. Nargolwala lives in New York City and works as an attorney in the securities industry. Christina has been certified in sustainable business practices, was recently published by the American Bar Association on the GMO threat to sustainable agriculture, and is active in the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Christina was a trustee of the New York Society for Ethical Culture in 2005-2008 and since 2007 has been a co-organizer of the NYC Chapter of Network of Spiritual Progressives. She is on Twitter: @GreenEthics.
Dan Pullman is a Boston-based investor and advisor to sustainable food and agriculture companies and non-profits. Dan is the Managing Partner of Fresh Source Capital, LLC, an impact investment firm that funds companies that are rebuilding regional food supply chains in the northeast. He is a founding member of Sprout Lenders, LLC, an micro-lending investment group focused on farmers, producers, and food system entrepreneurs that serve the greater Boston area. Dan complements his investing work by working with non-profits and organizations addressing media, finance, advocacy around food, health and the environment. In addition to The Carrot Project, these include: The Food and Environment Reporting Network (FERN, Board Chair), The Fair Food Fund, Food Tank, FarmPlate, and the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Dan lives with his wife and three sons in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Nancy Ross is Professor Emerita of professor of environmental policy at Unity College, where she taught advocacy, government, and food and agriculture policy. Her research and writing focus on local food enterprises in Maine and elsewhere. She is currently adjunct professor in political science at Southern Maine Community College.
Dorothy M. Suput, founder and executive director of The Carrot Project, has worked for more than 15 years with nonprofits on environmental and sustainable agriculture issues. Read More.
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