Farmers Feeding the World Staff
Tricia Beal was announced as the Foundation's Chief Executive Officer in October 2014. She is responsible for advancing the Foundation's mission of sustaining agriculture's ability to meet the vital needs of a growing population through education and empowerment. Prior to her new role, Tricia spent the past eight years at Novus International, Inc. where she held the role of Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Initiatives. She was accountable for extending organizational capacity, managing a global partnership portfolio, building corporate brand and reputation, and engaging employees in more than 50 countries into the organization's vision of all people having access to safe and affordable food.
Tricia serves as a member of several boards, including the World Agricultural Forum and has served as Program Co-Chair of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) World Forum for the past two years in Atlanta, Georgia and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2014 she graduated as a class VX member of Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow and participated in the Harvard Business School's Agribusiness Seminar in Shanghai, China.
Margie Alsbrook is the Foundation’s Director of Operations. She has over a decade of agricultural and food policy experience and a masters in agricultural and food law from the University of Arkansas, where she was the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Law & Policy. Before attending law school, Margie was a non-profit fundraiser and a business reporter, which makes her a natural fit for the Farm Journal Foundation. She is responsible for the Foundation’s overall strategy and operations and she also oversees all of our millennial programming including HungerU.
Margie is a former Justice of the Peace for Washington County, the third-largest county in Arkansas and home to Fayetteville and the state’s land-grant university. She was on the planning committee for FAO North America’s World Food Day Celebration in 2014 and is an active volunteer for organizations such as the Hendrix College Alumni Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of Arkansas Law Review & Bar Association Journal, Inc.
Tony Behr has been part of the Farm Journal family for over 20 years and was one of the founders of the Farm Journal Foundation. Tony serves as Vice-President of Project Development and works with the Foundation Board to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization. Tony loves his work with the Foundation and but his proudest accomplishment is his five children. He lives in Indiana with his wife and in his spare time they enjoy outdoor activities as a family.
Lesly Weber McNitt is Director of Government Relations and Program Development for Farm Journal Foundation. Based out of the Foundation's Washington, D.C., office, Lesly is responsible for advancing advocacy activities and building strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the Farm Journal Media family Lesly was a legislative associate with Oldaker Belair & Wittie, LLP, where she managed a diverse portfolio of issues including financial services, federal appropriations, Native American Indian affairs, and education.
Lesly graduated cum laude from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in International Politics. She also spent a semester studying at the Catholic Institute of Paris. Lesly went on to earn her Master of Professional Studies in Legislative Affairs at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, graduating summa cum laude. Lesly lives in Washington, D.C., in a bright green house with her husband and their cat.
Dr. Stephanie Mercier expands the Foundation’s partnership network, provides policy analysis, and leads the Foundation's Farm Team program. Prior to coming to work at the Foundation, Stephanie served between 1997-2011 in the position of chief economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Previously, she served as team leader for the Trade Policy and Programs area of the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In her nine years at ERS, she worked on both domestic commodity programs and trade policy issues. On the Hill, she covered a wide variety of issues for the Committee, among them domestic farm programs, risk management policy, and international agricultural trade and food aid policy.
After retiring from the Committee in 2011, she worked as an independent agricultural policy consultant on projects in the areas of domestic farm and risk management programs, environmental policy, federal agricultural budgets, domestic nutrition assistance programs, and international food security and agricultural development policy.
An Iowa native, Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.
Gloria Nantulya manages communications and coordination in support of the Foundation and its programs, including HungerU and the Farm Team.
Gloria joins the Foundation after spending the past two years working as the communications officer for Brentec Vaccines, a pharmaceutical company in Uganda that produces a poultry vaccine designed to reach rural poultry farmers in the region. A native of East Africa, she has a background in development work as a consultant for Mango Tree Uganda as well as for the Uganda AIDS Commission, where she was an adviser to the communications clearinghouse introduced in 2013.
Nantulya holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and completed a master’s degree in international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, both at Syracuse University.