WELCOME: The AISWCD is pleased to welcome Rebecca Osland as she joins the team! Rebecca will be training alongside AISWCD Grant Manager Sarah Jones throughout the months of July and August, before Jones departs for law school in the fall. Jones will certainly be missed, but is beginning an exciting new chapter in her professional career!
Osland joins the AISWCD staff after several years of policy work at Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA), where she advocated for state and federal policies to bolster the local food economy and promote sustainable agriculture. Rebecca helmed ISA’s advocacy efforts regarding, for example, SWCD funding, the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, federal conservation programs, and 13 successful state legislative initiatives from soil health to hemp farming. In this role, she developed relationships with numerous SWCD partners, including state agencies, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and sister agricultural and environmental nonprofits. Her professional experience also includes banking, financial advising, law, and harvesting vegetables. She holds a law degree and masters degree in tax law from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Chicago, where her 2005 senior paper examined relationships between agriculture policy and food experiences of low income households. She dreams of having a small farm of her own, but in the meantime, she and her partner grow most of their own produce in a backyard garden and community garden(s) and she crafts her own herbal remedies.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Rebecca Osland! She may be reached via email at Rebecca.Osland@aiswcd.org or by calling 217-744-3414.