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.
Constance Cullman is President and CEO of Farm Foundation. Prior to joining Farm Foundation, Cullman was U.S. Government Affairs Leader with Dow AgroSciences. She previously served as Associate Administrator for the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also worked at the Corn Refiners Association, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Cullman is a graduate of Ohio State, earning her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics with an emphasis on international trade and agricultural policy.
Vice President of External Affairs
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.
Vice President of Policy and Programs
Megan Provost joined the Foundation staff in October 2017. She previously served as U.S. Government Affairs Manager for Dow AgroSciences, an Agricultural Division of Dow-DuPont, working with state and federal legislators, regulators, and food chain allies. Prior to joining Dow AgroSciences, Provost served as a legislative assistant for Sen. Richard Lugar, (R-Ind.); served as special assistant to the administrator at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service; and was an economist at the American Farm Bureau Association. Provost is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in agribusiness, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics. She holds a juris doctor degree from George Washington University Law School.
Vice President, Communications
Mary Thompson joined the Farm Foundation staff in July 2002. Prior to that she was on the staff of Farm Journal, where she was business editor for 11 years. She has 18 years of journalism experience with local and regional newspapers and agricultural publications. Thompson earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism at Iowa State University, and has done graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional work has received regional and national recognition.
Senior Finance Manager
David Shamsi joined the Farm Foundation staff in April 2015 as Finance and Project Manager. A Certified Public Accountant, Shamsi previously served as Controller of Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, an umbrella organization serving 10 private schools. He also completed an internship at Parente Randolph of Philadelphia, PA, a forensic accounting firm. Shamsi earned his bachelor’s degree at Drexel University, and did graduate studies at the Rabbinical Academy, Woodmere, NY, and Jerusalem, Israel.
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 BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, in recreation, sports leadership and tourism management.
Michelle Jensen is Operations Manager at Farm Foundation, with responsibility 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.