Michelle Olgers

Michelle Olgers

Communications Officer

Ensuring people have the information they need to benefit professionally and personally has been at the core of Michelle Olgers’ marketing and communications career. At home, she is a hobby farmer, managing a small orchard, vineyard, vegetable and herb garden, backyard poultry flock and a variety of farm animals. She is also a self-proclaimed “foodie,” cook and wine enthusiast.

As a Communications Officer at the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR), Olgers combines her work experience and personal interests to support FFAR’s vision of a world in which every person has access to affordable, nutritious food grown on thriving farms.

Prior to joining FFAR, Olgers was the first director of marketing & communications for Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture. During her tenure there, she built a team of communication professionals and developed and executed strategies to support the university’s Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research Station programs. She served four of those years as co-chair of the 1890s Land-Grant University Communications Committee and one year as chair of the Southern Region Cooperative Extension Communications Committee. Olgers also served as a writer/editor on the National Land-Grant Impact Database team and was the 2020 recipient of the Leadership & Management Learning Community Award of Excellence, issued by the National Association for Communications Excellence.

Earlier in her career, Olgers worked in marketing and communications roles at non-profit organizations, government agencies, advertising agencies and a Fortune 500 financial institution.

Olgers holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Art History from Mount Holyoke College. She is also a graduate of VALOR, Virginia’s premier leadership development program for agriculture professionals and of LEAD21, the national leadership program for land-grant university agricultural professionals and their USDA/NIFA and non-government organization partners.