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Staff spotlight: Lucia’s leadership sparks success for beginning farmers

Seeing farmers achieve their goals is Lucia Schulz’s passion. Being the reason why they’re able to achieve those goals is her job.

As a project assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs, Lucia spends her time encouraging Latino farmers to network, educate, and lead. She motivates farmer leaders to host learning circles and organizes workshops, where she facilitates, translates, and interprets.

Staff spotlight: giving is Griselda’s goal

Selfless. Dedicated. Motivated.

There are few people in this world who possess not one, but all three qualities listed above. Luckily for small business owners, Griselda Rendon is one of those people.

A supportive wife, and proud mother of three active children, Griselda also works for the Center for Rural Affairs as a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino loan specialist. She spends much of her time going from soccer games to gymnastics practice to show choir competitions, all after putting in a full day helping entrepreneurs make their dreams come true.

From the desk of the executive director: strategic plan guides our work

At their most recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Affairs adopted a new five-year strategic plan.

Before adopting the new plan, the board reviewed Center accomplishments and changes over the last 15 years. The new strategic plan builds on past wins, leverages the growing reach of the Center, and provides guidance for the next five years. 

Key elements of the plan are: 

Staff spotlight: variety is the spice of life for Jordan

The daily work grind for many people consists of doing the same thing over and over. Jordan Feyerherm, however, spends his days doing everything from teaching cooking classes to writing grants. No day is the same for him, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the last two and half years, Jordan’s position as a community organizing associate for the Center for Rural Affairs has given him the chance to take on a wide variety of responsibilities, though he says it comes down to the people.

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