For more than eight decades, Farm Foundation has helped public and private leaders navigate the challenges and opportunities of change.
Farm Foundation is today’s conversation catalyst for U.S. food agriculture, leading discussions of critical issues shaping the future.
We bring diverse stakeholders to the table to share perspectives and identify common ground.
Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society’s needs for food, fiber feed and energy. Since 1933 we have connected leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis.
Shari Rogge-Fidler is a fifth-generation farm owner from Nebraska, who began her career in London in financial services and then with the Boston Consulting Group. She and her family launched and grew a branded gourmet organic food company, where she was vice president of sales and marketing. She was president of Cambium Strategies, LLC, a company focused on helping food and agriculture organizations navigate secondary growth. She was also Interim CEO at Applied GeoSolutions, LLC, focusing on commercializing its geospatial decision tools for agriculture and soil health purposes. Most recently, Rogge-Fidler was CEO of Family Farms, LLC, serving approximately 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Rogge-Fidler received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on international finance.
Vice President, External Relations
Tim Brennan joined the Farm Foundation staff in May 2013 as director of development. Brennan has 20 years of experience as a fundraiser, with the bulk of his career in higher education fundraising. He formerly served as the associate director of alumni relations for the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, now the Booth School of Business. He served as the director of alumni relations and marketing for Northwestern University’s School of Law, before returning to the University of Chicago as executive director of the Chicago Society and director of development at the Law School. Brennan later became the senior director of alumni and constituent relations at the University. Most recently, he has been working on several consulting projects, including capital campaign planning and interim executive leadership with Chicago and international nonprofits. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA.
Senior Director, Finance
Amy Keane became a full-time staff member at Farm Foundation in March 2019. Since May 2009, she was an independent contractor with the Foundation, providing accounting, tax and consulting services. Prior to starting her own firm, Keane worked in public accounting as a manager with Coopers & Lybrand, serving non-profit clients as well as publicly-traded for-profit companies. Keane graduated from St Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant.
Leslie Cummings, an award-winning communications strategist, joined the staff in 2019 and brings many years of experience to her role as director of communications. Cummings was a successful marketing and communications consultant for several years, and previously worked for more than a decade at other non-profit organizations, focusing on communications, marketing and writing. She has studied environmental science at the master’s level and completed her bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from Columbia College Chicago.
Senior Manager, Events
Before joining the Farm Foundation team in the fall of 2015, Morgan served as the conference and events manager at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Morgan also worked as a premium hospitality game day staff member for the Chicago Bears. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, in recreation, sports leadership and tourism management.
Michelle Jensen is responsible for day-to-day operational oversight of essential business needs and functions. Prior to joining Farm Foundation in July 2017, Jensen was assistant director – corporate and community partnerships at Special Olympics Illinois. She previously worked with the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park, IL, the Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.