OUR LEADERSHIP

Our Leadership structure is comprised of several committees.

The Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to a sustainable and just food system who guide our mission and vision and oversee organizational strategy, budget planning and human resources.

The Incubator Farm Committee meets quarterly and advises on our Incubator Farm Program planning and structure, support for the farmers, and relationship building in the community. This group is made up of volunteers with a variety of skills related to production, refugee support services, and Incubator Program development.

The Equity and Accountability Committee is a compensated committee comprised of people of color active in food and farming work locally. This committee meets quarterly to help Groundswell remain accountable to our racial and economic justice goals, in both the short and the long term. This Committee, Groundswell staff and the Board were critical in drafting our Equity Statement.

The Development & Engagement Committee members are dedicated volunteers who work to ensure strategic fundraising for the organization. This committee identifies potential sources of funding, sets targets, and guides action plans for staff and board to improve long-term financial sustainability and diversity.

Committee members are oriented to Groundswell's mission and vision, and committed to building a sustainable and just food system. Besides attending meetings, members are also asked to attend regional events on behalf of Groundswell that promote farming, food and justice.  Members are also encouraged to enroll in continuing development opportunities to enhance their individual knowledge and their contribution to Groundswell. In the past, members have taken part in development workshops, anti-racism workshops, and attended fundraiser events.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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PETER BARDAGLIO, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

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JONATHAN BATES,
Food Forest Farm

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RACHEL BEZNER KERR,
Cornell Department of Development Sociology

Todd McLane

TODD MCLANE,
Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm Manager

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HEATHER SANDFORD,
Co-Founder, The Piggery

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TAYLOR SHULER,
Strategic HR and Talent Professional, former Incubator Farmer

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MEGAN VIDLER,
Owner, Home Green Home

KRYSTAL ZWIESINEYI,
International Ag & Rural Dev '19, Cornell University

INCUBATOR FARM COMMITTEE

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BARB NEAL, 
Cornell Cooperative Extension Tioga County

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BRIAN CALDWELL,
Soil & Crop Sciences, Cornell University

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STUART FRIEDMAN,
EcoVillage resident

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STEFAN JIRKA,
Sustainable Landscapes Team, Verra

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SALLY WESSELS, 
TST BOCES ESL Program Coordinator

EQUITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE

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PATRICE LOCKERT ANTHONY,
BLACK LABEL Consulting and Coaching

Michele Jones

MICHELE JONES,
CCE Natural Leaders Initiative, GreenStar coop

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JAY SMITH,
Writer, Activist

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JULIANA QUARESMA
Cornell Cooperative Extension

DEVELOPMENT & ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

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ETHAN ASH
Business Consultant

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PETER BARDAGLIO, Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative

JENNIFER GABRIEL,
Development & Community Relations Director, Hospicare

Matthew Weis

MATTHEW WEISS,
Major Gifts, Cornell University CALS

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