Our Team


Jo_Ann_Baumgartner.jpgJo Ann Baumgartner

Jo Ann is the Executive Director of the Wild Farm Alliance. She is the author of many publications on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and agriculture, the conservation benefits and mandates within the National Organic Program regulations, and the co-management of food safety and conservation. Before joining WFA in 2001, she addressed crop, livestock and fiber issues, was senior research editor for a book of California's rare wildlife species, worked on a research project growing crops using reclaimed water on raw eaten crops, and was an organic farmer for over a decade. For her Master's research in Environmental Studies Department at San Jose State University, she studied bird predation of insects in apple orchards. Her undergraduate degree is in Soil and Water Science from UC Davis. Jo Ann is based in Watsonville, CA.




Shelly Connor

Shelly is the Assistant Director of Wild Farm Alliance. Prior to joining WFA in 2015, she served for six years as the associate director of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides based in Eugene, OR. Prior to that she worked as the associate director for Appalachian Voices, an environmental non-profit based in Boone, NC. In addition, she worked as director of Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture and served on the Board of Directors for two years. She was the co-founder of the first Montana Farm to College Program at the University of Montana in Missoula. Shelly earned her BA degree in biology and MS degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana. Shelly is based in Minneapolis, MN.