Jennifer is a passionate advocate for social justice and healthy, sustainable communities. She started as Executive Director of AERO in the fall of 2014. Prior to working with AERO, Jennifer worked as a staff attorney for Montana Legal Services Association, providing legal assistance to low-income people. Her graduate studies focused on environmental justice and sustainable communities in Indian Country. Jennifer’s academic and research interests include policy issues that create systemic change for people living in poverty, including: environmental justice–particularly food justice and energy justice, sustainable and empowered communities, healthcare, education, and access to justice. She lives in Helena and loves yoga, reading, hiking with her dog, running, fishing, playing roller derby, cooking veggies, and sharing food with loved ones. Email Jennifer
Caroline came to AERO serving as an Americorps VISTA member from January 2011 to January 2012. She stayed on as the Membership and Communications Manager and in the Fall of 2013 became the Food & Agriculture Program Manager. As of October 2014, Caroline is no longer on staff but continues to work on the Abundant Montana Project on a contract basis. Caroline has a deep-rooted belief in the value of community, a pressing need for local communities to once again be self-sufficient, and the great satisfaction that can come from living locally. Caroline is no stranger to community organizing; her experiences include work with non-profit and community groups at the Community Design Assistance Center in Blacksburg, Virginia and at the Catawba Sustainability Center. She has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech. In addition to her position as Food and Agriculture Program Manager, she is the co-founder of Inside Edge Design, a Helena-based consulting business specializing in social and ecological design. Email Caroline
Kathryn recently came to Montana after spending a year working as an Americorps VISTA in Anchorage, AK. She is interested in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture and is currently serving as an apprentice on a permaculture farm in Anaconda as well as AERO’s Abundant Montana Intern. Kathryn will be working to update and populate the online Abundant Montana Directory of farmers and agricultural businesses while promoting agritourism throughout the state. Kathryn is passionate about local food and sustainable agriculture and is also an active member of the community food group in Butte. She hopes to bring communities together around local food and agriculture through her internship with AERO. In addition to her professional interests, Kathryn is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys gardening and rock climbing.