Get to know our team.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research staff brings passion and experience to growing and nurturing this fledgling organization. In close collaboration with our Board of Directors and Advisory Councils, we are working to build partnerships and fund innovative and actionable science that will help feed our future world.


Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

Executive Director
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Julie Reynes

Chief Operating Officer
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Pauline Keys Friedman

Office Manager

Communications and Legislative Affairs

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Madeleine O'Connor

Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs

Stephanie Miles, Ph.D.

Communications Associate



Renée Bullion

Director of Development

Maile Hartsook

Development Associate


Grants Management


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Patrick Koroma-Tommy

Director of Grants Management

Marina Middleton

Grants Management Associate


Scientific Programs


Timothy Kurt, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

Lucyna Kurtyka, M.S.

Senior Scientific Program Director

Evangela Matthews

Scientific Program Associate

LaKisha Odom, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

John Reich, Ph.D.

Scientific Program Director

Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D.

Director, Crops of the Future Collaborative

Hannah Wilkinson

Scientific Program Associate