Loren Cardeli

Executive Director

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Loren Cardeli

Originally from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, Loren was introduced to agriculture through Putney High School. He went on to get a B.A. from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where he studied Sustainable Agriculture and worked on the mixed-crop and livestock Farm. There, his work and research  focused on small-scale pig production and a 65 head grass-fed beef operation. In 2006 Loren spent a semester at the University of Hawaii in Hilo where he studied Tropical Agriculture. After college Loren helped successfully run an organic brewery in Asheville.

In 2010 Loren and Asher founded AGC, and the organization was granted 501(c)3 status shortly after. The following year, Loren embarked on a journey to frame a new narrative of the role of agrarians around the globe. He searched for the innovations that allowed societies to feed themselves for countless generations—absent of harmful chemicals.  Loren visited farmers of the Himalayas, the Mekong delta, Bedouins who farmed the desert oasis, indigenous tribes who herd the great rift of Africa. He helped set up and run organic farms and projects in Kenya, and Vietnam, and consulted with NGOs in Egypt and Uganda.

Loren is a leader in a small but growing movement of farmer-centric organizations. He believes the key to sustainability lies in returning small-scale farmers back to the forefront of agriculture. Along with his colleagues in the movement, he promotes farmer-led research, extension, and outreach, helping to create sustainable, self-driving futures.


Messaging & Communications Oversight

Gio Serrano

Gio Serrano is a creative director and writer who has spent a decade developing concepts and leading creative teams for global advertising agencies and brands including McCann, Saatchi & Saatchi, Vice, BMW, Netflix, Anheuser Busch, Chipotle, and many others. He believes that one of the most difficult things to do is to earn the attention of the masses — increasingly so in the age of mobile technology. Through inspiration, teamwork, and a “none of us is smarter than all of us” mentality, Gio has directed and mentored teams of some of the most talented creative makers around the world. His integrated advertising campaigns have earned billions of impressions across every platform and media channel, and been recognized in creative industry publications and award shows. He studied at Columbia University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He and his wife currently live in Brooklyn with their two cats, one of whom is actually a dog. In his spare time, he produces music that reminds him of the time and place that made him: 1990s Chicago.


Jen Scott

Jen Scott began her career as a humanitarian aid worker with the United Nations. She has spent much of the last decade living and working in the developing world with a focus on clean energy, the environment, and gender issues. Having grown up in a small farming and fishing village in rural Scotland, she is passionate about sustainability, community, and the ethical treatment of animals, and is a strong believer in empowering ecological farmers to play a central role in managing our food system. Her previous experience includes managing large scale loan and grant operations for the World Bank, running her own consulting, research and investment advisory firm focused on supporting women in emerging markets, and directing operations and strategy for Oceania’s first vertically integrated solar power utility. Jen has worked extensively with both investors and entrepreneurs throughout Africa and Asia, and has degrees from Oxford and Harvard Universities. 



Robert Corman

Robert is President of the Applied Concepts Group, a consulting firm that supports executives committed to whole systems thinking and positive social change.  His expertise resides in designing and facilitating dialogue to build strong teams ready to make complex decisions and capitalize on exciting opportunities. Additionally, Robert provides executive level coaching services to university and foundation executives and their boards. Previously, Robert led the National Partnership for Social Enterprise, a nonprofit focused on market driven approaches to social issues. Earlier, as Executive Director of the Gallup International Institute, he helped launch the Health of the Planet Survey, presented at the Earth Summit in 1992. Starting as a criminal and environmental lawyer, he became president of The Fund for New Jersey. There, he started the Community Foundation of New Jersey with assets now over $500 million, the Center for Non-Profit Corporations and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. Serving in many leadership positions over the years, Robert has been honored by the legal services and Hispanic communities, environmental groups, and nonprofit coalitions.


Asher Wright

Asher has been involved with Sustainable Agriculture for over ten years. His love for farming first set in at Warren-Wilson where he graduated from the Environmental Studies department with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture and a minor in Biology. Asher spent seven semesters and two summers working on the college’s mixed crop and livestock farm. It was here that he met best friend and partner Loren. Not only did the college farm show Asher that a life in food systems and agriculture was his calling, but it also gave him a chance to connect and work for other farm operations around the country and throughout Central and South America. After his travels he received a M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson where he researched forage-finished beef, which later led him to manage a diversified livestock farm in North Carolina for two years. In his real life Asher is the Farm Manager at Warren Wilson College and he could not be happier about landing in the very place that gave him his start.


Alex Feit

Alex Feit is a retired business owner, executive and consultant. He has forty years’ experience in startups and mature organizations producing measurable bottom line results in several industries.  These include forestry products, agricultural, banking, transportation, healthcare, hospitality and consumer products. He currently consults with entrepreneurs from economically challenged backgrounds or whose businesses have social responsible objectives. Mr. Feit has been a participant and leader of community and professional organizations including AARP, Taproot and Pacific Community Ventures.  He contributes to strategic planning, governance and the alignment of varied constituencies with the organization’s goals and efforts.  He lived almost twenty years in Brazil and speaks Portuguese fluently.  He currently lives in California and Rio de Janeiro.


John Kaganga

A farmer from Kasejjere village in Central Uganda, John has devoted his life to working with his community and supporting sustainable development. As Co-Founder and Director of Kikandwa Environmental Association, a network of over 400 peasant farmers, John has facilitated multiple participatory learning projects, such as the Community Innovation Resource Center.  As a community leader and lead farmer, he has launched multiple initiatives, including a free school with over 250 current students, and the One Thousand Hectare project, which encourages farmers to each protect at least one hectare of virgin forest for 15 years.  John spoke on several panels at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development in 2012, and continues to speak on behalf of the smallholder farmers of Africa. He strongly believes that information is power, and works to harvest existing knowledge from the Grassroots while connecting communities to learn from each other.


Chesha Wettasinha

Chesha Wettasinha is a Dutch/Sri Lankan tropical agriculturist with long-standing experience in the development sector in Asia and Africa. She is currently a senior member of the international support team of Prolinnova, an international network promoting local innovation in ecologically-oriented agriculture and natural resource management. Over the past 30 years, Chesha has been engaged in a variety of settings and functions, combining social and technical skills related to smallholder rural (agricultural) development and natural resources management. Her work has focused on promoting local/farmer-led innovation and joint research as a means of combining local and scientific knowledge for more relevant and beneficial development outcomes. She has worked in inter-disciplinary teams with multiple stakeholders using participatory and inclusive approaches. Her work has included facilitation of multi-stakeholder partnerships, mainstreaming gender into development initiatives, conducting action research and thematic studies, designing and conducting training workshops and coaching trainees, project/program management, monitoring and evaluation for learning, documentation of processes, editing and publication. Having collaborated closely with many rural communities and organizations in Asia and Africa, Chesha has an intimate understanding of their needs, aspirations and challenges. She couples this with her professional expertise, analytical skills, passion and steadfast personal commitment to contribute to a more sustainable, just and equitable world.


Jon Milgrom

The founder of Milgrom & Daskam, Jonathan (Jon) Milgrom advises businesses of all sizes and works across a variety of sectors. His diverse client-base includes companies in tech, software, fintech, health insurance, graphic design, brewing and distilling, retail and other creative industries. He also advises a number of family-owned businesses.

He represents his clients in numerous corporate areas, with an emphasis on intellectual property law. He counsels clients on development, maintenance, and enforcement of robust intellectual property portfolios. He is also well-versed in employment and HR policies including hiring practices and termination rights, development and maintenance of complaint data security standards, deal structures, securities law compliance and disclosure issues, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and general corporate law.

Jon is extremely passionate about social stewardship. Before his legal pursuits, Jon worked as a biology teacher in low-income communities.

Today, Jon remains heavily involved in the non-profit, impact finance and social entrepreneurship sectors. He is also extremely knowledgeable in the legal universe of Public Benefit Corporations.

His community involvement includes serving, on the Board of Advisors of Colorado Succeeds, a Colorado non-profit organization focused on education reform to better prepare students for the working world. He sits on the Board of Directors for A Growing Culture, a nonprofit promoting farmer-led sustainable agriculture, and is the founder of the Ed Gowdy Fund which raises funds to provide underprivileged youth opportunities to access the outdoors.

Jon attended law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder. During his tenure, he served as president of his class, served as an associate at the Deming Center Venture Fund and was honored with both the Rodney Lewis Jr. Memorial Scholarship and the Sarah L. Rector Memorial Scholarship.

Outside the office, Jon is an avid telemark skier, sports enthusiast, and world traveler. He’s proficient in conversational Spanish and has visited 50 different countries across the globe. He enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and his dog Mackinnon.


Ruth Nabaggala

Ruth Nabaggala is very passionate about improving the livelihoods of people in rural communities. She has for the past 12 years worked in Rural Community development mainly focusing on Agriculture. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass communications majoring in Public Relations and a Masters in Business Administration majoring in small business development.

She has led teams of over 20 NGOs (working directly with Smallholder farmers) at a time in implementing projects which have seen over 50,000 farmers’ transition from subsistence farming to farming as business. She led the development of a farmer led Value Chain development Model (PESA Agro Enterprise marketing model) which has supported 20% increase in income for over 10,000 farmers in Uganda.
She has had exposure to rural communities in East Africa especially the women and youth and she interacts with them. Therefore understands their dreams, needs and passion.