For more than eight decades, Farm Foundation has helped people from all agricultural sectors explore solutions to ag challenges and opportunities.
Farm Foundation leverages non-partisan objective dialogue, information and training, catalyzing solutions and creating multi-stakeholder collaboration.
We bring diverse stakeholders to the table to share perspectives and identify common ground.
Farm Foundation is an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture. Our mission is to build trust and understanding at the intersections of agriculture and society. We accomplish this by leveraging non-partisan objective dialogue, information and
training, catalyzing solutions and creating multi-stakeholder collaboration.
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, Shari was CEO of Family Farms, LLC, serving approximately 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Shari 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. Tim 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. Tim 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.
Vice President, Programs and Projects
Martha King has an extensive background in programs, information systems and publishing, and serves as corporate secretary on her family’s Illinois farm. In 2010, Martha became co-owner and Secretary of Finbery, Inc., a farm located in LaSalle and Livingston counties in Illinois which has been in her family since the 1850s. For the past decade, she has worked in academia on a variety of projects including research, faculty information, publishing, database development, training and human resources. Her expertise includes strategy, research and analysis, information systems and developing and streamlining processes. Martha has an MBA with a focus on information systems management from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in German and political science from Purdue University.
Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Communications
Jessie Atchison brings nearly 20 years of experience to her role at Farm Foundation, having most recently led marketing for an agriculture industry startup. Prior to that, she spent several years leading client engagements for a Chicago-area marketing agency, providing strategic marketing services for nonprofit and for-profit organizations in a wide variety of industries. She began her career in public relations and marketing for one of the world’s leading horticulture companies. Jessie grew up in rural Indiana and married into a farming family, so the agriculture industry is particularly special to her. She received her Master of Science degree in integrated marketing communications from Roosevelt University and her bachelor’s degree in public communication and rhetorical studies from Purdue University.
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, Amy worked in public accounting as a manager with Coopers & Lybrand, serving non-profit clients as well as publicly-traded for-profit companies. Amy graduated from St Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, with a degree in accounting, and is a certified public accountant.
Senior Manager, Events
Before joining the Farm Foundation team in the fall of 2015, Morgan Craven served as the conference and events manager at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. She 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.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Kelly Johnson brings more than 15 years of senior administrative experience with expertise in scheduling, correspondence, organizing large scale meetings, data management systems and project coordination. Before joining Farm Foundation, she worked as an Executive Administrative Specialist for Mars Wrigley. Having held positions in the manufacturing, management and consulting, and electrical energy fields, she is able to tailor her skills to meet a variety of needs. As a fully licensed notary public, she also provides legal assistance in her position. Kelly is active in her community, volunteering at Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy, which provides hot meals to local homeless and underprivileged residents.