Program Partners

By using applied research, engaging in advocacy, providing educational resources, and addressing policy implications, the Xerces Society endeavors to make meaningful long-term conservation a reality. For the past decade, Xerces’ Pollinator Program has partnered with land managers, farmers, researchers and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) across the US to implement and evaluate habitat targeted at enhancing pollinator populations and bolstering crop production.

Oregon Titlh is a leading nonprofit certifier, serving over 3,000 farms and processors across the US and Mexico. Since 1974, Oregon Tilth’s mission is to make our food system and agriculture biologically sound and socially equitable. It does this by focusing on organic certification, education, conservation, public policy and marketplace sustainability.

For more than 80 years, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has helped farmers, ranchers and forest landowners make investments in their agricultural operations and local communities that improve the quality of our air, water and soil. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers to help them plan and implement a variety of conservation practices. Learn more by visiting nrcs.usda.gov.

Advisory Board

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Pesticide Program Director
Andy Dunham
Co-owner and Operator, Grinnell Heritage Farm
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Katrina Heinze
Food Industry Consultant, Organic Consumer & Industry Veteran
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Scott Hoffman Black
Executive Director, Xerces Society
Rufus Isaacs
Rufus Isaacs, PhD
Extension Specialist and Professor, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Anna Jones-Crabtree
Anna Jones-Crabtree, PhD
Vilicus Farms
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Eric Lee-Mӓder
Pollinator Program Co-Director
Beth Robertson-Martin
Beth Robertson-Martin, M.S.
Senior Manager, Natural and Organic Sourcing General Mills, Inc.
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John Tooker, PhD
Extension Specialist and Associate Professor of Insect Ecology, Department of Entomology, The Pennsylvania State University
Rachael Winfree
Rachael Winfree, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Morgan Woolf
Almond Industry Specialist

Administrative Team

Cameron Newell
Bee Better Certified Program Coordinator
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Liz Robertson
Bee Better Certified Program Specialist
Anna Murray
Pollinator Habitat Specialist, Food Industry Supply Chain

Production Standards Development Team

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Pesticide Program Director
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Rich Hatfield
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist; Bumble Bee Lead
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Thelma Heidel-Baker
Conservation Biocontrol Specialist
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Scott Hoffman Black
Executive Director, Xerces Society
Sarina Jepsen Endangered Species Conservation Program Directo
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Jessa Kay Cruz
Senior Pollinator Specialist
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Eric Lee-Mӓder
Pollinator Program Co-Director
Cameron Newell
Bee Better Certified Program Coordinator
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Mace Vaughan
Pollinator Program Co-Director

Communications & Licensing Team

Deborah Seiler
Communications Director
Karl Souza
Director of Finance and Operations