Our Team

Our Team

Jo Ann Baumgartner

Executive Director

Jo Ann is the author of many publications on the intersection between biodiversity conservation and agriculture, including beneficial birds, the conservation mandates within the National... Read more

Shelly Connor

Deputy Director

Shelly began her work with WFA in 2015. She has worked in the sustainable agriculture field for more than 20 years, including working with the... Read more

Jen Paludi

Program Director

Bio coming soon. Read more

Ashley Chesser

Communications Director

Ashley is an avid gardener and advocate for creating healthy habitat on farms and in community spaces. She brings over ten years of... Read more

Stephen Pryor

Technical Advisor

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Nick Filannino

GrizzlyCorps Fellow

GrizzlyCorps is an AmeriCorps program designed by Project Climate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment in partnership with CaliforniaVolunteers. This program... Read more


Karen Van Epen

Copy Editor

Tony Fleming

Naturalist, Geologist and former Organic Inspector

Sam Earnshaw

Hedgerows Unlimited

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Anne Hamersky

Photo + Video Services

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Jody Padgham