Staff and Advisors

Colleen Borgendale

Communications Specialist

Colleen Borgendale is the communications specialist at IATP.

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell

Senior Staff Scientist

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell is the senior staff scientist 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 of Trade, Technology and Global Governance

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

Jim Harkness

Senior Advisor on China

Jim Harkness is Senior Advisor on China

Kate Hoff

Development Director

Kate Hoff is the director of development at IATP.

Pete Huff

Food Systems Policy Analyst and Campaigns Outreach Coordinator

Pete Huff is the food systems policy analyst and campaigns outreach coordinator 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 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

Melissa Lowe

Executive Assistant

Melissa is the executive assistant at IATP.

Juliette Majot


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

Erin McKee VanSlooten

Farm to Institution Project Director

Erin McKee VanSlooten is the project 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.

Karen Quiroz

Senior Development Officer

Karen Quiroz is IATP's senior development officer.

Corinne Rafferty

Chief Operating Officer

Corinne Rafferty is IATP's chief operating officer.

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.

Patrick Tsai

Senior Programmer and Research Associate

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

Communications Director

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


Annelise Brandel-Tanis
Annelise Brandel-Tanis will be researching the global meat industry for IATP. The meat industry is a great intersection of her research interests, which include land use, agriculture, and work relationships between humans and animals. She graduated from St. Olaf College in 2014 with a degree in art and environmental studies. Annelise currently works as a farm intern at Waxwing Farm in Webster, MN, where she enjoys packing CSA boxes and watching chickens eat vegetables.


Erik Katovich
I was born and raised right here in the Twin Cities, and I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in economics. In college I studied abroad in Argentina and Spain, conducted field research for an agricultural development project in Nepal, and volunteered as an interpreter for asylum seekers in Minneapolis. These experiences shaped my interests in economics, agriculture, and food systems, and have inspired me to pursue graduate study in applied economics.

In the meantime, I recently received a Fulbright Research Grant to study development economics in Brazil throughout 2016. Beginning in February, I will be at a university near São Paulo called Unicamp, where I will work with a team of Brazilian economists to measure the effects of national education policies on income inequality in Brazil. I’m really excited!

In my free time I enjoy hiking and canoeing around the Twin Cities. I’m also passionate about travel and language learning–I speak Spanish and Portuguese, and I’m currently trying to teach myself a little Italian.


Hamida Kinge
Hamida Kinge is currently a master's candidate in international training and education at American University. Her interest in the impacts of free trade on agriculture, inequality, migration, environmental policy/climate, and on the Global South brought her to IATP. A former journalist and writer, Hamida was a fellow of both the Scripps-Howard Institute on the Environment and Science (2009) and Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting (2008). For IATP, she is working on a project on the potential impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on UN climate targets. Hamida graduated from Temple University with a BA in English.


Tia Stephan
Tai is a second year Master’s of Development Practice Candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The program takes a holistic approach to development and trains students in developmental economics, education, agriculture, healthcare, and policy. As a native Minnesotan with a B.S. in finance from Carlson’s School of Management, she lived in Beijing for two years post-undergrad learning Chinese and working in communications for a sustainable consulting firm. This past summer she assisted Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation in doing a financial analysis of local initiatives in the Darai community of Kumroj. Her career focus is best practices of the private sector for sustainable development. Her personal interests include volunteering with Trinity Lutheran Congregation’s Safe Place Homework Help and raising awareness of environmental veganism. She is minoring in Sustainable Agriculture.