Staff & Partners Senior Fellow & Principal Facilitator
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Joseph is Senior Fellow and Principal Facilitator at Ag Innovations. He is a nationally-recognized collaboration specialist, systems thinker, and facilitator who works with groups to unleash the potential for creative and effective action.
Joseph joined Ag Innovations in 2001 and since that time, he has leveraged his organizational development, facilitation, and social change skills to grow Ag Innovations into a trusted and respected organization that works to cultivate the ideas and actions needed for healthy farms, communities, and ecosystems. He served as president of Ag Innovations from 2006 to 2018 and now, in his senior fellow role, is focused on further developing our collaboration methodology and our work supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in California.
Joseph has worked with food businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, farmers and community members to build robust solutions to some of our food system’s most pressing challenges. He developed our signature Food System Alliance and Roundtable processes as well as having led hundreds of meetings and change efforts that bring divergent interests together to see problems in a common light and find innovative solutions.
Originally trained as an economist, Joseph has taught Environmental Economics at New College of California and History of Economic Thought at University of Rhode Island. This training lent itself well to Joseph’s early business career focused on marketing, management, and conference development which he continues to apply today. In addition, he is an experienced nonprofit organization manager, having spent seven years as executive director of Resources for Creativity, an organization that trained group facilitators. He also holds a MA in Psychology with an Organization Development focus from Sonoma State University; he uses this knowledge extensively in his facilitation and social change work.
Joseph came early to sustainability through his interest in systems thinking and steady-state economics cultivated as an interdisciplinary studies student at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California (BA in Liberal Arts with Honors). Living in Stockton placed him in the heart of California Delta agriculture and left an indelible impression of the bounties and the risks of the current food system.
Joseph is co-founder of the Academy for Systems Change, a 10-year initiative to enable leaders, communities and networks in critical systems to catalyze and facilitate societal, environmental and economic well-being on a scale that matters. He is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Economy and Ecology and board member of Daily Acts, a Petaluma-based organized focused on buidling resilent communities.
Joseph lives in Graton, CA where he enjoys his growing family of children and grandchildren, gardening, reading and writing of poetry, and staying in touch with a large circle of friends.