Staff and Advisors

Colleen Borgendale

Communications Manager and Creative Director

Colleen Borgendale is the communications manager and creative director at IATP.

Lacey Carlson

Office Administrator

Lacey Carlson is the Office Administrator at IATP.

Anna Claussen

Director of Rural Strategies

Anna Claussen is the director of Rural Strategies at IATP.

Katie Costello

Farm to Institution Program Assistant

Katie is the Farm to Institution Program Assistant.

Samantha Greer

Accountant and HR Administrator

Samantha is the Accountant and HR Administrator

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Director of Trade and Global Governance

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is the director of IATP's trade and global governance and works in Washington, D.C.

Jim Harkness

Senior Advisor on China

Jim Harkness is Senior Advisor on China

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 IATP's Senior Advisor of Climate and Energy Initiatives.

Patti Landres


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

Ben Lilliston

Director of Corporate Strategies and Climate Change

Ben Lilliston is the director of corporate strategies and climate change at IATP

Juliette Majot

Executive Director

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

Erin McKee VanSlooten

Farm to Institution Program Director

Erin McKee VanSlooten is the program director for IATP's Farm to Institution work.

Sophia Murphy

Senior Advisor

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

Jillia Pessenda

Individual Donor Program Manager

Jillia is IATP's Individual Donor Program Manager

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

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

Sharon Anglin Treat

Senior Advisor

Sharon Anglin Treat is a lawyer and public policy analyst.

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.

Robert G. Wallace


Rob Wallace is an evolutionary biologist presently visiting the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Global Studies.

Josh Wise

Development and Communications Director

Josh is the Director of Development and Communications