Meet The Team

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Ashley Rood

Co-Director

Director of Programs & Communications

Ashley has worked at the intersection of conservation and agriculture for over 15 years in the nonprofit sector throughout the West. Much of her career, she has worked in partnership with farmers to create policy solutions that work on the ground. Most recently, she worked for Rogue Farm Corps on farmland preservation in Oregon. Ashley loves learning and cooking from her urban garden and she’s found a new passion for trail running. You'll rarely find her without a notebook and pen as writing is the thread through it all.

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Megan Kemple

Co-Director

Director of Policy Advocacy, Development & Operations

Megan Kemple has 20 years of non-profit experience, focused on supporting Oregon’s agricultural community.  As Director of the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network, she supported Oregon’s farm to school and school garden stakeholders in their work to incorporate local food into school meals and provide farm and garden-based education. In 2017, she founded OrCAN. Megan loves hiking and backpacking, swimming in mountain lakes, and playing with her nieces and nephews.

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Emeric Kennard

Operations Coordinator & Communications Assistant

Emeric has worked in nonprofit education and administration for over 5 years, with a focus on finance, equity, sustainability, and program development at institutions such as California College of the Arts and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. They are a freelancing artist and designer with more than a decade of practice at the intersection of art and activism. Emeric loves the thrill of getting dangerously close to their houseplant care capacity maximum. They’ll propagate just a few more, and then they’ll stop, really.