Comprised of thoughtful leaders and food system innovators who share our vision of more ecological agriculture, the Savanna Institute's Advisory Council advises us on current and future endeavors, connects us with allied efforts and opportunities, and helps share our work more broadly.




Steven I. Apfelbaum - Senior Ecologist, Founder, & Chairman, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. - WI


Dayna Burtness - Farmer, Nettle Valley Farm - MN


Sallie Calhoun - Founder, #NoRegrets Initiative, Cienega Capital, Globetrotter Foundation and Paicines Ranch - CA


TJ Callahan - Owner, Farmhouse Taverns - IL


Cathe Capel - Farmer, Seven Sisters Farm - IL


Casey Dahl - Farmer, Feral Farm (Jefferson, WI) - WI


DD Danforth Burlin - Founder, Sustainable and Local Food Investment Group - IL


Syovata (Vata) Edari - Chocolatier & Lawyer, Cocovaa - WI


Narimah (Nimi) Ehr - MBA Candidate, UW-Madison - WI


Jose Franco - Cropping Systems Ecologist, USDA Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center - AR


Leslie Freehill - Attorney, Pines Bach LLP - WI


Stefan Gailans - Research and Field Crops Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa - IA


Paul Gaynor - Owner, White Oak Savanna Events Farm and Sanctuary - WI

                          Principal, G&R Public Law & Strategies


Meghan Giroux, MSC - Owner, Interlace Agroforestry LLC; Director, Interlace Commons Inc.


Michael Gold, PhD - Professor, The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri - MO


John Graham, PhD - Assistant Professor of Biology, Lake Superior State University - MI


Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquín - President-CEO, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance - MN


Brooke Hecht, PhD - President, Center for Humans and Nature - IL


Fred Iutzi


Randy Jackson, PhD - Professor of Grassland Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison - WI


Shibu Jose, PhD - Interim Associate Dean for Research, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources - MO


Margaret Krome - Policy Director, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute - WI


David LeZaks, PhD - Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute - WI


Theresa Marquez - Mission Executive (retired), Organic Valley - WI


Diane Mayerfeld - Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, University of Wisconsin Extension - WI


Erin Meier - Director, Green Lands Blue Waters - MN


Curt Meine, PhD - Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation - WI


Dave Miller - Co-Founder and CEO, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT - IL


Gary Nabhan - W.K. Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security, U of Arizona - AZ


Valentin Picasso, PhD - Assistant Professor in Forages and Grazing, University of Wisconsin-Madison - WI


James (Jim) Pines - Co-Founder, Tillable - WI


Odessa Piper - Lead, Taliesin Food Artisan Immersion Program; Chef (former) & Founder, L'Etoile - WI


Lindsay Rebhan - Partner & Designer, Ecological Design - MN


George Reistad - Food Policy Coordinator, City of Madison - WI


Abby Rose - Podcaster, Farmerama - UK


Ricardo Salvador, PhD - Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists - MD


Kathy Schmitt - Bureau Chief, Wisconsin Farm Center, WI Department of Agriculture - WI


Eric Toensmeier - Senior Biosequestration Fellow, Project Drawdown - NY


Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Founder and Director, The Greenhorns & Agrarian Trust - NY


Tom Wahl - Farmer, Red Fern Farm (Wapello, IA) - IA


Richard Omar Warner - Past Director, Green Lands Blue Waters - WI


Sarah Wentzel-Fischer - Executive Director, Quivara Coalition - NM


Sandra Williams, PhD - Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, Partner, Fields Restored Farm - IL


Wendy Yang, PhD - Assistant Professor of Plant Biology and Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - IL


Gary Zimmer - Founder, Midwestern Bio-Ag - WI

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