Staff and Advisors

Colleen Borgendale

Communications Specialist

Colleen Borgendale is the communications specialist at IATP. Her responsibilities include the design and production of print and online publications and managing social media.

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell

Director of Agroecology and Agriculture Policy

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is the director of Agroecology and Agriculture Policy at IATP.

Anna Claussen

Director of Rural Strategies

Anna Claussen is the director of Rural Strategies at IATP.

Yohannes Ghebru

Accounting Manager

Yohannes Ghebru is the finance assistant at IATP.

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Director International Strategies

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is the director of IATP's International Strategies Program and works in Washington, D.C.

Jim Harkness

Senior Advisor on China

Jim Harkness is Senior Advisor on China

Kate Hoff

Vice President for Development

Kate Hoff is the vice president for development at IATP.

Pete Huff

Director of Food Systems

Pete Huff is the Director of Food Systems at IATP.

Dennis Keeney

Senior Advisor

Dr. Dennis Keeney is a senior advisor to IATP on Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture since 2000 and served as the first director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Jim Kleinschmit

Senior Advisor on Climate, Energy and Sustainable Systems

Jim Kleinschmit is the director of IATP's Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives.

Patti Landres


Patti sorts and organizes all of IATP's documents and archives.

Ben Lilliston

Vice President for Program

Ben Lilliston oversees IATP’s programs and strategy to ensure they are effective, coordinated and true to mission.

Juliette Majot


Juliette Majot is president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Erin McKee VanSlooten

Senior Program Associate for Farm to Institution

Erin McKee VanSlooten is a program associate with IATP's Farm to Institution program.

Sophia Murphy

Senior Advisor

Sophia Murphy is a senior advisor to IATP on Trade and Food Security.

Karen Quiroz

Grant Writer

Karen Quiroz is a grant writer with IATP.

Corinne Rafferty

Vice President for Organization

Corinne Rafferty is the vice president for programs at IATP.

Catherine Reagan

Program Assistant

Catherine Reagan is a program assistant with IATP and helps with reporting, research and administrative duties throughout the organization.

Tara Ritter

Program Associate for Climate and Rural Communities

Tara Ritter is a program associate with IATP.

Shefali Sharma

Director Agricultural Commodities and Globalization

Shefali Sharma is director of IATP's Agricultural Commodities and Globalization Initiatives.

Dr. Steve Suppan

Senior Policy Analyst for Market Regulation, Trade and Technology

Dr. Steve Suppan is a senior policy analyst focusing on agriculture, trade and food safety policy.

Patrick Tsai

Senior Programmer

Patrick Tsai's duties include research, writing and policy analysis.

Shiney Varghese

Senior Policy Analyst for Water, Agroecology and Global Governance

Shiney Varghese leads IATP's work on global water policy.

Linda Vieira

Building Manager

Linda Vieira is responsible for the well-being of IATP's 100-year-old office buildings.

Dale Wiehoff

Vice President for Communications and IT

Dale Wiehoff is responsible for overseeing the internal and external communications systems, publications, Web sites and media relations for IATP.