Ed Barker is a nonprofit leader with 25 years of experience in agriculture, environmental education, and social enterprise. He is currently the Director of Sustainable Food Supply Chains for the Center. In this role he directs a multi-stakeholder process to restore robust and reliable non-GMO supply chains for grains, meat, and dairy in the US while simultaneously enhancing organic and sustainable food systems.
Previously, Ed was the executive director at Land’s Sake, a land stewardship organization and community farm in the Boston suburbs. While there, Ed led a complete organizational turnaround and reestablished Land’s Sake as a keystone organization within its community. He was also the director of corporate partnerships for Earthwatch Institute, a pioneering organization that supports scientific field research with volunteers and funding. He has led organizational change efforts within the nonprofit sector nationwide as a senior consultant at Community Wealth Ventures, a social enterprise consulting firm specializing in advancing nonprofit performance through alternative revenue generation, business planning, and market innovation.
Ed holds a master’s degree in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where his studies included work with collaborative change, leadership, and communication. He also holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College. He is the Vice Chair of the board of directors at the Chewonki Foundation.