Bethany Econopouly has a background in agricultural science with advanced degrees in plant breeding and genetics. Her research has focused on regional grain systems in western Washington and wheat-weed dynamics in the Great Plains. She works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Bread Lab at Washington State University. She co-wrote the children’s book Bread Lab!, and currently lives with her family in Oregon.
Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, The Absurd Man (Norton: 2020). His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review. In addition to his award-winning poetry and varied teaching, he has experience in nonprofit management and accounting.
Peter Kahn teaches biochemistry at Rutgers University and has had a long career as professor and scientist in this country, Europe, and Africa. In addition to receiving many fellowships and awards including Teacher of the Year, he has contributed to the literature on dioxin and other environmental toxins. His community engagement has led him to work with refugee students from Bosnia, Albania, Afghanistan and Nigeria. He is a leader in his local Unitarian congregation, and he has a keen interest in issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In his spare time he is a woodworker.
Tomasz Komar is a CPA for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a private-sector, nonprofit corporation created by the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the audits of public companies in order to protect the interests of investors. He has an MBA from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. He lives in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
Merloyd Ludington Lawrence is Editor and Publisher of the Imprint Merloyd Lawrence Books. These books have included works in psychology, health, science, environment, and biography, by such authors as Sissela Bok, T. Berry Brazelton, Robert Coles, M.D., Children’s Hospital Boston, Stanley Greenspan, Susan Love, and Lennart Nilsson. Ms. Ludington Lawrence serves as a Director at Woods Hole Research Center, Island Press, and Northeast Wilderness Trust.
Martha Schubert (Chair) is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) elementary guide who has worked in Montessori classrooms in Northeast Ohio. For many years she ran a small-scale sustainable farm where she grew herbs and other garden produce for the family-run Art Farm Community Supported Agriculture program and local restaurants. She spent five years living off the grid outside of North Fork, California, before returning to her native Cleveland, where she lives with her husband and their two children. Martha holds a B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland.