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. Caroline comes to us with 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 and graphic representation. Email Caroline
Haley Miller earned a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and left behind the city life for the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she worked as a kayak and SCUBA guide for a small ecotourism company and volunteered with Grow Virgin Islands. There, Haley helped create organizational systems and outreach events to promote local food sources and developed relationships between farmers and vendors. Haley was thrilled to return to the mountains and rivers of her native Montana and is currently the Director of Operations for a catering company, Seasonal Montana, working to connect farmers and the community through farm-to-table dinners and events. Also, she worked for the American Independent Business Alliance promoting “buy local” campaigns to strengthen local economic resilience and vitality. Haley joins the AERO as the Communications Manager and hopes tap her skills and passion for supporting local food and agriculture.
Adam is currently a student at Montana State University Bozeman studying Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems with a focus in Agroecology. Adam has worked many jobs in many places, from shoveling hippo excrement in Langata, Kenya and harvesting sugar cane in Cartagena, Costa Rica to helping people climb trees in Portland, Oregon. Through all this he learned his greatest passions in life are nature, good music, good food, and good people, which eventually led him to Bozeman, Montana. Since moving to Montana he has become the secretary/treasurer of the MSU group Friends of Local Foods, and spent the summer of 2012 working on the MSU farm Townes Harvest. He is very excited to join AERO as an intern for the Abundant MT project. Email Adam