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 …

Guevera-Yao-hi res

Dr. Guevera Yao

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


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 …