Advisory Role

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council members advise foundation staff and board members regarding program development and implementation, potential partnerships, and other matters of significance to the organization’s mission to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges.
Individuals representing diverse industries, geographic areas, and professional backgrounds were selected to serve on the Foundation's six Advisory Councils from a competitive pool of applicants nominated through an open solicitation. Each council member will serve two or three-year terms, and meet virtually three times per year.
Each Advisory Council is led by a Chair, appointed to facilitate discussion, build consensus and serve as a liaison to the Foundation’s board.

Advisory Council Membership

*Bold, italic names are Council Chairs


Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

Dennis Chessman, Ph.D.USDA NRCS Soil Health Division
Steve Culman, Ph.D.Ohio State University
Chad EllisNoble Foundation
Nick GoeserNational Corn Growers Association
Shannon GomesCedar Basin Crop Consulting
Timothy S. Griffin, Ph.D.Tufts University
Omololu (John) Idowu, Ph.D.New Mexico State University
Doug Karlen, Ph.D.National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, USDA ARS
Britt LundgrenStonyfield Farm Inc.
Allison ThomsonField to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
Don VillwockCorn, soy, seed soybeans and seed wheat farmer
Michelle Wander, Ph.D.University of Illinois


Diane Beckles, Ph.D.University of California – Davis
Barry Bradford, Ph.D.Kansas State University
Bob BranhamSecond Harvest Heartland
Erin FitzgeraldDairy Management, Inc.
Katy FranklinReFED
Andrew HarigFood Marketing Institute
Gary McMurrayGeorgia Tech Research Institute
Suresh Pillai, Ph.D.Texas A&M University
Carolyn Ross, Ph.D.Washington State University
Ashley ZanolliOregon Department of Environmental Quality

Forging Innovation Pathways to Sustainability

Sheila Andrew, Ph.D.University of Connecticut
C. Daniel Azzara, Ph.D.Pennsylvania State University
Layne Coppock, Ph.D.Utah State University
Constance CullmanFarm Foundation, NFP
Priscila Henriquez, Ph.D.Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA)
Alan Kriz, Ph.D.Bayer Crop Science
Jeff LaknerLakner Farms LLC
Linda Prokopy, Ph.D.Purdue University
Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D.Global Harvest Initiative


Joint Council – Making My Plate Your Plate and Urban Food Systems

Nick DokoozlianE&J Gallo Winery
Kate FitzgeraldKate Fitzgerald Consulting
Nicole IlicEdesia Nutrition
Dean Kopsell, Ph.D.University of Florida
Jonathan Lynch, Ph.D.Pennsylvania State University
Lorrene Ritchie, Ph.D.University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ronda RutledgeSustainable Food Center
Gary StutteSyNRGE, LLC
Maha Tahiri, Ph.D.General Mills
Laurian Unnevehr, Ph.D.University of Illinois (ret.)