MIFFS 2017 Organizational News!
posted on February 2, 2017 9:50am
Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) 2017 Organizational News!
We are excited to announce that MIFFS will now be led by two Co-Directors: Jen Silveri, Director of Field Operations & Lauren Marquardt, Director of Development & Services.
Jen, functioning as MIFFS Assistant Director throughout 2016, is now moving into the Director of Field Operations position. She has brought a tremendous amount of farming knowledge and experience to our work. After receiving her B.S. in Environmental Biology/Zoology, Jen’s various professional positions required her to act as a liaison between the state, USDA and farming communities. She was a technician with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) and worked one-on-one with producers to complete environmental risk assessments. She cares deeply about our natural resources and understands what farmers face every day, and she knows how to identify and access governmental programs.
In January, Lauren Marquardt accepted the Director of Development & Services position. A Michigan-native, Lauren joined the MIFFS team most recently from the Pacific Northwest office of American Farmland Trust in Seattle, WA. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance where she focused on food and agriculture policy and nonprofit management.
Lauren’s professional career has spanned working for a nonprofit international adoption agency where her fluency in Mandarin came in handy, to leading community outreach and advocating for public policies that support farmers and protect farmland. Lauren is excited to be a part of MIFFS and is committed to the hard work required to improve our food and farming systems in collaboration with the farmers who make that possible.
Together with MIFFS dynamic team, these women will guide our organization’s work on the ground through our farmer networks and farm development centers, and strengthen our ability to connect Michigan’s farmers and food system advocates to resources.
MIFFS Executive Director since 2012, Michelle Napier-Dunnings, will continue to support MIFFS work as an executive consultant and as Chief Communications Officer at Michigan Public Health Institute. She will act as a bridge and partner to the MIFFS Team and the MPHI Team where she will support and grow connections between public health, food & farming, facilitation services, events management, continuing education, and communications services.
MIFFS believes our capacity to serve is taking a huge leap forward toward the long-term sustainability of the work of Supporting The Many Faces of Farming.
We look forward to engaging all those interested…so please, Rise Up & Dig In! Connect with us and learn more about MIFFS at www.miffs.org