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WFAN names Dugger new executive director


Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) has announced Sherri Dugger as its new executive director.

Dugger has worked extensively with family farmers as a journalist, fundraiser, advocate, and strategic planner. She founded the first women’s farmer chapter under the Indiana Farmers Union umbrella, a first in National Farmers Union history. Dugger resides on a small farm in Indiana and admits that she is an obsessed fan of local agriculture and food systems.

“I am thrilled to accept the position as executive director of WFAN,” Dugger says. “With such a strong staff and board, WFAN is well-positioned to increase its member network and impact, and I am excited to work with the team to provide greater support for racial equity, food justice, and food sovereignty, as well as to increase solidarity with like-minded communities and organizations throughout the food and agriculture system.”

WFAN’s Board of Directors unanimously chose Dugger after a nationwide search to lead the organization.

“We wanted to build on the past leadership,” says Anna Johnson, WFAN Board Chair. “With Sherri we are well-positioned to grow our advocacy for women and non-binary farmers, and for food justice advocates.”

Dugger will overlap with outgoing executive director Bridget Holcomb, who led the organization for five years. Holcomb is stepping down to pursue clean water advocacy work in her home state of Minnesota.

“When you work this hard for a growing organization, you want to leave it in capable hands,” says Holcomb. “I am thrilled.”

WFAN began in 1997 in Iowa through the work of organic farmer Denise O’Brien and a group of founding mothers active in ecology, agriculture, and rural development. Created by and for women in sustainable agriculture, WFAN has grown to reach a national member base through its programming, research, and advocacy. The non-profit’s mission is to engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power.