Board of Directors

Timothy Beans

Timothy Beans

Board Chair


Leslie Durschinger

Board Vice Chair

Luis Sahmkow

Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Beth Keck ACDI/VOCA board member

Elizabeth Keck

Governance Committee Chair

Deborah Atwood

Deborah Atwood

Ms. Atwood joined the Meridian Institute in January 2011 and serves as Executive Director of the Meridian’s AGree: Transforming Food …


Christopher Cochran

Mr. Cochran is a global sustainability executive with experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and deep expertise in the …

Andrew Gilbert

Andrew (Andy) Gilbert has a considerable background in agriculture and cooperative governance. He served on the Board of Directors of …

Asif Shaikh-Board

Asif M. Shaikh

Asif M. Shaikh has led path-breaking development approaches in energy, agriculture, food security, governance, and economic policy. He is CEO …

Shona Warner

Shonda Warner

Clarksdale, Mississippi Ms. Warner is the founder of Chess Ag, which manages a suite of funds that are invested in …

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Guevera Yao

Dr. Guevera Yao is an economist and policy expert in the areas of economic development, agriculture, trade, and finance. He …

Udai Shanker Awasthi

Udai Shanker Awasthi

Director Emeritus


Patricia Garamendi

Director Emeritus

Mortimer Neufville

Mortimer Neufville

Director Emeritus

Charles J. Hall

Charles J. Hall serves as chief executive officer of ACDI/VOCA, assuming day-to-day leadership and management of the organization. Mr. Hall …