Board of Directors

Mr. John McDonnell, Chairman
Mr. John McDonnell, Chairman

Chairman of the Board (retired) McDonnell Douglas Corporation

For the past 15 years, John McDonnell has been actively involved in establishing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in St. Louis to enable start-up companies to commercialize life science research...

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Dr. William Danforth, Founder
Dr. William Danforth, Founder

Chancellor Emeritus Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. William H. Danforth served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Chancellor Emeritus of Washington University, and Chair of the...

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Ms. Rose Barbuto
Ms. Rose Barbuto

Acting Director for Policy and Analysis SoAR Foundation

Rose Barbuto is the Acting Director for Policy and Analysis for the SoAR Foundation and CEO of Crystal Strategies, a consulting firm in Washington, DC. She most recently served as the Farm Journal...

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Dr. Roger Beachy
Dr. Roger Beachy

Professor, Department of Biology Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Roger Beachy is the Founding Executive Director of the World Food Center, University of California, Davis. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama as the first director of the National Institute...

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Dr. Ellen Bergfeld
Dr. Ellen Bergfeld

Chief Executive Officer American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Ellen Bergfeld, Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)—an alliance of...

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Dr. Vicki Chandler
Dr. Vicki Chandler

Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Faculty Minerva Schools at KGI

Dr. Vicki Chandler is Dean of Faculty and Chief Academic Officer at the Minerva Schools at KGI. Previously, she was Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at Minerva. She has served as the chief program...

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Mr. Neil Dierks
Mr. Neil Dierks

Chief Executive Officer National Pork Producers Council

Neil Dierks is Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). In this position, he is responsible for the overall implementation of all NPPC programs. Dierks’ position requires him...

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Mr. Zippy Duvall
Mr. Zippy Duvall

President American Farm Bureau Federation

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation since January 2016, Zippy Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall...

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Dr. Robert Easter
Dr. Robert Easter

President Emeritus University of Illinois

Robert A. Easter was appointed president-designate of the University of Illinois in March 2012, and became the university’s 19th president in July 2012.

Before becoming president, Easter spent his...

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Dr. Ronnie Green
Dr. Ronnie Green

Chancellor University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ronnie D. Green became the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 20th chancellor on May 8, 2016. 

In July 2010, Ronnie Green was appointed as the Harlan Vice Chancellor of the UNL Institute of...

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Dr. Alan Leshner
Dr. Alan Leshner

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Leshner has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science since December 2001....

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Mr. Chris Novak
Mr. Chris Novak

President & Chief Executive Officer CropLife America

Chris Novak is the President and Chief Executive Offier of Croplife America. Previously, Novak was Chief Executive Officer of the National Corn Growers Association, a grower-led trade association with...

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Mr. Erik Olson
Mr. Erik Olson

Senior Strategic Director Natural Resources Defense Council

Erik D. Olson has 30 years of experience in public policy and consumer advocacy. He currently is Senior Strategic Director for Health & Food at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which he rejoined...

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Dr. Barbara Schaal
Dr. Barbara Schaal

Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology Washington University in St. Louis

Dean Barbara Schaal is responsible for the appointment, promotion, recommendation of tenure, and salary of all faculty members, as well as the appointments of the deans of the College, the Graduate...

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Dr. Phillip Sharp
Dr. Phillip Sharp

Institute Professor Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of...

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Ms. Carol Tucker-Foreman
Ms. Carol Tucker-Foreman

Distinguished Fellow Food Policy Institute, Consumer Federation of America

Carol Lee Tucker-Foreman, distinguished fellow at Consumer Federation of America’s Food Policy Institute, has an international reputation as a consumer advocate and food policy expert. For more than 35...

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Mr. Richard Wilkins
Mr. Richard Wilkins

Past President American Soybean Association

Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., is President of the American Soybean Association (ASA). He is one of nine soybean growers who make up the ASA Governing Committee.

Wilkins has served...

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Dr. Donald Kennedy (emeritus member)
Dr. Donald Kennedy (emeritus member)

President Emeritus Stanford University

Donald Kennedy is president emeritus of Stanford University, the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, emeritus, and a senior fellow by courtesy at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli...

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