Joseph McIntyre, Executive Director
AIN in 2001 as a facilitator on our Santa Barbara County Technical Advisory Committee for Rural Resource Protection project. From there Joseph’s role expanded until he became the lead facilitator for the Ag Futures Alliance project and senior consultant for strategic planning and organization change. In 2006 he took on the Executive Director role.Joseph leads the Ag Innovations Network team. As a trusted neutral facilitator, Joseph has led hundreds of critical dialogues between farmers, environmentalists, community leaders, workers, and consumers. Joseph joined
Joseph brings a diverse background to AIN, which includes holding leadership positions in business, not-for-profit organizations, and academia. Originally trained as an economist (MA, Economics, University of Rhode Island), he has taught environmental economics at New College of California and history of economic thought at University of Rhode Island. His early business career has focused primarily in marketing, management, and conference development. He is an experienced nonprofit organization manager, having spent 7 years as Executive Director of Resources for Creativity, an organization that trained group facilitators. He also holds a MA in Psychology, Organization Development focus, from Sonoma State University, which he uses extensively in his facilitation and managed change work for AIN.
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. He lives in Sonoma County, is the parent to two daughters, and is an avid tennis player and bike rider.