Committee and Board Information

TCALT currently has three active committees: Communications/Participation, Land Access Programming and Services, and Development/Governance. You can contact committee members at or in person at the monthly TCALT Board meeting. If you are interested in volunteering with a committee please fill out this form. Details of current committee work can be found in the embedded google doc at the end of this page.

Communications & Participation Committee

  • Lebo Moore
  • Valentine Cadieux
  • Jennifer Nicklay
  • Beth Markhart

Land Access Programming & Services Committee

  • Karl Hakanson
  • Skyler Hawkins
  • Bunmi Odumuye

Community Wealth Committee

  • Stephen Carpenter
  • Dave Glenn
  • Valentine Cadieux

Board Members:

Jennifer Nicklay

Lakisha Witter

Lebo Moore

Valentine Cadieux, Chair, has worked on the development of the TCALT since early in 2010, having come to the project from the Gardening Matters board with a background in publicly-engaged art and research on food system issues. She focuses on issues related to food systems and land use and the way these issues can be approached using public, collaborative processes — topics about which she teaches courses at Hamline University, where she directs the programs in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. In addition to work in Southern Minnesota (and public food system games at the Minnesota State Fair!), she has worked with the Sustainable Food Project and Program in Agrarian Studies in New Haven, and was a founding member of FoodShare Toronto’s Beekeeping Collective. She currently co-coordinates the AgriFood Reading Group and the Food & Society Workshop. (Elected in 2012 and 2015)

David Glenn, Treasurer, is a seasoned nonprofit professional with experience in local government, higher education and the nonprofit sectors for over 30 years. Throughout that period he has also served numerous community organizations and initiatives including the development of two community/art centers. Dave is drawn to environmental issues through his agricultural roots in Kansas and South Dakota as well as his respect for the traditions and artwork of indigenous cultures and the importance of wild and undisturbed places. Dave is a potter, sculptor and consummate community volunteer. While some might see them as a contrast to his artistic skills, he brings servant leadership, event, financial and project management expertise to all endeavors he participates in. (Elected in 2012 and 2015)

Karl Hakanson assists a broad range of agricultural interests in this large and varied county as a Local Extension Educator for Hennepin County. From traditional farming operations to community gardens, hobby farms and urban or micro-farming enterprises, Hennepin County hosts a diverse range of established and emerging agricultural production systems. The growing interest in local foods, such as direct sales to retail markets, institutions and consumers, and the pressing need to alleviate food insecurity are also important aspects of agricultural work in the county. Innovative soil, water and energy conservation are other key facets of Karl’s work. He has a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and an M.S. in Land Resources from the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison. (Elected in 2014)

Alex Liebman (stepping down) is a graduate student in geography at Rutgers.  In 2011, he co-founded Stone’s Throw Urban Farm, a 3-acre diversified vegetable operation focused on transforming vacant lots into food-producing places in Saint Paul and Minneapolis.  Alex also works a consultant with the Latino Economic Development Center, providing technical advice for the farm training program in areas such as high tunnel development, soil health, and farm systems management.  Alex plays the saxophone, pick-up soccer, and enjoys long bike rides in rural places.  He is excited to work with TCALT to develop long-term solutions for equitable, permanent agricultural land access in the Twin Cities metro area. (Elected in 2012 and 2015)

Bunmi Odumuye is the CEO of the Renewables Research and Policy Institute, an energy engineering research firm that promotes renewable energy systems and conservation measures. In addition, he is active in the Twin Cities food justice and aquaponics communities, facilitating an aquaponics lab at North High in association with Project Sweetie Pie, serving on the organizing committee for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s ongoing food + justice = democracy effort, and working broadly on environmental justice advocacy. (Elected in 2013)

Stephen Carpenter is Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney of Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. (FLAG) in St. Paul, MN  . E-mail:  His work at FLAG has centered on discrimination in agricultural lending, debtor-creditor issues, disaster assistance, federal farm programs, sustainable agriculture and direct marketing, and the problems of farmers contracting for livestock production. He has been an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. (Elected in 2017)

Previous board membership has included Caitlin Cook-Isaacson, Donald Warneke, Gwen Steel, Michael McKenna, Anna Bierbrauer, Fritz Ebinger, Linden Weiswerda, Michelle Dobbratz, Kim Jakus, JC Hoyt, Lauren Allen, Eric Larsen, and John Brosnan, and the Long Term Land Access working group that developed TCALT was also convened by Marianne Carolan, Sarah Claassen, Kirsten Saylor, Starr Carpenter, Susan Stokes, Collie Graddick, and David Nicholson; Jeff Washburn has served as an advisor throughout this process, and we are grateful to all of these and the many volunteers who have contributed to TCALT’s work, especially Beth Markhart and Vanessa Perry.


To see work going on in committee, click on the relevant committee below, and to edit open the google doc here.

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