Jean Willoughby serves as our Communications Manager and oversees the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund, our cost-share grant program for innovative and entrepreneurial farmers. She previously served as Project Director of the grant program. In 2014, she initiated our Growing Innovation project, a multi-media online archive of farmer-driven innovation based on the grant program’s twenty-year history. Jean works closely with our staff on a variety of communications and outreach projects, from serving as a producer for our upcoming documentary on the poultry industry, Under Contract, to developing educational resources for farmers (and eaters).
Prior to joining RAFI, Jean worked with nonprofit organizations to enhance their communications capacity and online presence. She moved to North Carolina in 2010 to pursue an interest in sustainable agriculture. She attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and holds BA in Sociology.