Edna Rodriguez, Ahead of the Curve Leading RAFI-USA

RAFI-USA Executive Director Edna Rodriguez has been a key player on RAFI-USA’s team for a decade. Starting as the organization’s grants officer, she quickly progressed to become development director, operations director, and now executive director. Edna’s leadership has been instrumental in moving the organization forward while always staying a few steps ahead of external circumstances and trends, making for a responsive and agile organization. In this Q&A with Beth Hauptle, RAFI-USA’s communications manager, Edna shares a bit about her background and how she got to RAFI-USA, what organizational shifts have come about during her tenure, and her passion for tackling the issues that RAFI-USA faces on a daily basis.

RAFI-USA challenges the root causes of unjust food systems, supporting and advocating for economically, racially, and ecologically just farm communities.