Dr. Margaret Zeigler
Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., is currently Interim President of the SoAR Foundation and a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. She is a thought leader in the international food security arena with expertise in international poverty alleviation, agricultural development, organizational development and program management. She is known for working in non-partisan and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration with a variety of food security organizations and institutions, including United Nations agencies, NGO’s, U.S. government, foundations and the private sector.
Margaret has served as the Executive Director of the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI), a private sector policy voice for agricultural productivity growth throughout the value chain to sustainably meet the demands of a growing world. After leading GHI for seven years, she conducted research in 2019/2020 in Colombia, Peru and Argentina in the agriculture sector, visiting agriculture research centers, farms and ranches to better understand issues of sustainability, biodiversity and climate adaption in agriculture.
Prior to joining GHI, Dr. Zeigler served as Deputy Director of the Congressional Hunger Center, a bi-partisan non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. At CHC, she was responsible for founding the Congressionally-funded “Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellows Program,” establishing educational initiatives for Members of Congress about hunger and food security, and helping direct the Hunger Center in all areas of management, budget supervision and grant and fiscal administration, and organizational development. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati and served for 10 years as adjunct faculty at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where she taught graduate level courses on food security, political geography, and complex humanitarian emergencies. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.