Staff and Advisors

Financial Advisor

Melanie Accola, CPA is a financial advisor of IATP.

Development Manager

Claudia Aurand is the development manager at IATP.

Media and Communications Manager

Cecelia Brackey is the media and communications manager at IATP.

Program Director

Karen Hansen-Kuhn is the program director at IATP and works in Washington, D.C.

Program Associate for Climate and Rural Communities

Michael Happ is the program associate for climate and rural communities at IATP. 

Senior Advisor on China

Jim Harkness is senior advisor on China. 

Interim Finance and Operations Coordinator

Sage Kaplan-Goland is IATP’s interim finance and operations coordinator.

Director of Rural Strategies and Climate Change

Ben Lilliston is the director of rural strategies and climate change at IATP. 

Senior Trade Policy Analyst

Calvin Manduna is a senior trade policy analyst based in the Washington, D.C. office. 

Community Food Systems Program Director

Erin McKee VanSlooten is the program director for IATP's Community Food Systems work.

Executive Director

Sophia Murphy is the executive director of IATP. 

Director of Finance and Operations

Vanessa is the director of finance and operations at IATP.

Operations Manager

Melissa Prenevost is the operations manager at IATP.

Digital Communications Manager

Lilly Richard is the digital communications manager at IATP. 

Program Associate for Climate and Agriculture, IATP Europe

Sophie Scherger is the program associate for climate and agriculture at the IATP Europe office. 

Director, IATP Europe

Shefali Sharma is the director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy European office.

Community Food Systems Program Associate

Nora Shields-Cutler is the program associate for community food systems at IATP.

Senior Policy Analyst

Dr. Steve Suppan is a senior policy analyst focusing on agriculture, trade and food safety policy.

Senior Policy Analyst

Shiney Varghese is a public policy analyst focusing on water, agroecology and global governance. 

Senior Advisor

Timothy A. Wise is a senior advisor at IATP, where his work focuses on agribusiness, family farmers and the future of food.