Dale Wiehoff

Communications Director

Dale worked at IATP in communications, IT and on special projects from 1993 to 2016.

Dale Wiehoff grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. From 1976 to 1986 he farmed a 240 acre dairy, sheep and bee farm in western Wisconsin. He served on the board of the U.S. Farmers Association, a national farm organization that supported fair prices for farmers.

From 1976-1986 he served on the board of the Stern Family Fund, a progressive foundation headquartered in New York with a strong commitment to social justice, and was president from 1981-82.

Dale co-founded the Nicaragua Exchange, 1983-1986, a solidarity organization that sent more than 1,500 U.S. citizens to learn firsthand the impact of the war as volunteers harvesting coffee and cotton in remote rural areas.

He was a founding member of the board of the Wisconsin Community Fund, from 1982-1986.

From 1986-1989, Dale was the National Lawyers Guild membership coordinator. The NLG is a legal association founded in the 1937 in response to the American Bar Association’s refusal to accept Blacks as members. He was the founding director of the National Lawyers Guild Foundation.

He was Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers, Executive Director 1990-1994, a national association of foundation staff and directors interested in supporting grass roots and social change.

From 1992 - 1994 Dale was the membership director of the Working Families Party, a third party organization that is based on the “fusion” principle of cross-party endorsements in states where it is legal, including New York, where he worked in the national office.

He was honored to join the staff of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, from 1994 to present, as VP for Communications and Interim Executive Director, 1996-1999.

He was a founding board member of TransFair USA, national fair trade certifying organization that was the first third-party fair trade certifying organization for coffee in the U.S. In 1996 he was a founding board member of Peace Coffee, a local fair trade coffee company owned by IATP.

He was a founding board member of the Progressive Technology Project from 1998-2004, a national training project based in Minneapolis that helps community organizing groups access and use technology.

Dale was elected to a three-year term on the Wedge Community Co-op board in 2010 and currently serves on the board of the Working Famlies Organization headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.