Our Team

Deborah Atwood

Deborah Atwood, Chair

Washington, D.C. Ms. Atwood joined the Meridian Institute in January 2011 and serves as Executive Director of the Meridian’s AGree: …

Jerry Fenner

Jerry Fenner, Vice Chair

St. Paul, Minnesota Mr. Fenner is a legacy cooperative director representing AgriBank, FCB.  Mr. Fenner retired from AgriBank in 2016 …

ACDI/VOCA Board of Directors Ann Kafer

Ann Kafer

Bloomington, Illinois Ms. Kafer is vice president of human resources and strategy officer at GROMARK, Inc. Since she joined the …

Beth Keck ACDI/VOCA board member

Beth Keck

Bentonville, Arkansas Beth Keck has an extensive background in international business and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is Practitioner-in-Residence of China …

Cathy Lanning

Cathy Lanning

Westerville, Ohio Ms. Lanning is Nationwide Insurance’s vice president of strategic partnerships. In this role, she is responsible for leveraging …

Charles Conner

Charles F. Conner

Washington, D.C. Mr. Conner is president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Prior to joining NCFC, between …

Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas consults for several international development organizations on strategic planning, institutional capacity building, and the design of complex economic …


Dr. Udai Shankar Awasthi

New Delhi, India As the CEO and managing director for the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), the largest fertilizer …

Jim Magnuson

Jim Magnuson

Sully, Iowa Mr. Magnuson is the CEO and general manager of Key Cooperative, a grain marketing and diversified agricultural inputs …

Marlon Chigwende ACDI/VOCA board member

Marlon Chigwende

Gerrards Cross, England Marlon Chigwende is Managing Partner and co-Founder of Arkana Partners. Prior to founding Arkana Partners, Mr. Chigwende …

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