Our Staff

Our staff is responsible for bringing our mission into the community through our education programs, food system work and farmer outreach.


Rebecca Haag

Executive Director

Rebecca Haag is a long-time social justice advocate with extensive experience in creating, building and transforming organizations.  She was most recently the CEO of the AIDS Action Committee of MA, and has served on many nonprofit and business boards.  She has been an executive in the government, business and nonprofit sectors, always motivated to identify and solve critical problems and seize opportunities.

For example, working with the Obama Administration, Rebecca helped lead the effort to create the first ever National AIDS Strategy with measureable goals, objectives and timelines.  In another leadership position, she help launch the American Business Collaboration for Quality Care, raising over $150M from Fortune 500 companies to invest nationwide in community-based programs for childcare, after school programs and elder care.  She received numerous national recognition and awards for both efforts. 

Working with the IGI board, colleagues and community partners, Rebecca envisions building a safe, sustainable and equitable food system for the Island.

She has a BA from Wells College in Economics, MBA from Boston University and honorary PhD in human services from Simmons University.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Eastern Bank and is a trusted advisor to several regional nonprofit organizations.

Contact: rebecca@igimv.org

Noli Taylor

ISLAND GROWN SCHOOLS PROGRAM LEADER

Noli graduated from Haverford College in 1999 with a degree in urban studies and environmental science. Since then, she has done environmental and agricultural advocacy and organizing work with non-profits and community groups from Philadelphia to Seattle, Albuquerque to Kauai. She began working on agriculture issues in Hawaii, organizing around genetic engineering and community food security, and helped launch IGS in 2007. She is also a mother of two young children and lives with her family in Aquinnah.

Contact: noli@igimv.org

Matthew Dix

Poultry Program Leader

Matthew has a passion for intensive small scale agriculture and has been growing and processing chickens using the mobile unit since its early days in 2007. Matthew and his wife Rebecca live in Chilmark with their three children where they have owned and operated North Tabor Farm since 1994.

Contact: matthew@igimv.org

Jamie O'Gorman

Gleaning Program Leader

Deeply concerned with the environmental impacts of waste and consumerism, she is passionate about reducing crop waste and making locally grown food accessible to all.

Contact: jamie@igimv.org

Keith Wilda

Farm Hub Program Leader

Over the past 20 years Keith has worked as an educator and researcher, through extension work at the University of Massachusetts, as general manager of two of the largest aquaculture and aquaponics facilities in the country and as a consultant. Keith lives with his wife Reagan and has three daughters, Ella and twins Morgan and Addison.

Contact: keith@igimv.org

Emily Armstrong

Central Administrator

Emily has done food system education work since 2008, and brings a deep love of the island's agricultural heritage to her administrative position. She is also the Preschool Coordinator for Island Grown Schools.


Board

We are grateful for the service of our wonderful volunteer board members!


Randi Baird

President

Randi is a professional photographer and contributed many of the images included on our website. She lives in West Tisbury with her husband Phillipe and sons Elie and Miles.

Mary Kenworth

Clerk

Mary co-owns and operates State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury and Beach Road Restaurant in Vineyard Haven. Both restaurants are dedicated to supporting the local food shed and sourcing from Island farmers, fisherman and food artisans. Mary lives in Vineyard Haven with her husband Jackson and their two Irish Terriers, Berto and Daphne.

Simon Athearn

Treasurer

Simon is Chief of Operations at Morning Glory Farm in Edgartown. Simon lives in West Tisbury with his wife Robyn, his daughter Rose and son Ignatious.

Karen Davis

Board Member

Karen has been an educator for 40 years, starting at the Chilmark Community Center summer program in the 1970s. She has gardened & homesteaded for the last 36 years, and runs a small farm raising organic grass fed beef, hay and maple syrup in central Mass with her husband Dave. They come as often as possible to Martha’s Vineyard to see their son Jake, his wife and their children.

Lindsey Scott

Board Member

Lindsey is the Executive Director of MVYouth, a community fund established to support island organizations serving children and teens, and provide college scholarships to high school seniors. Lindsey brings a background in non-profit work, education and animal farming to IGI. Lindsey created Cinema Circus for the MV Film Festival, and established an elementary art program at the Charter School. She serves on the School Advisory Council for the Chilmark School and on the Board of the Chilmark Preschool. Lindsey and her husband Josh also run the animal enterprises of Beetlebung Farm with their two children. They raise local beef, pork and lamb.

Lynne Whiting

Board Member

Lynne lives in West Tisbury on the Whiting Farm, where her husband Allen’s family have shepherded sheep for generations. She considers herself a backyard farmer tending their family garden, while her children have raised pigs and chickens.

In the 1970s, Lynne taught at the Island Children School. She worked for MVCS Early Childhood Programs in the 1980s supervising Family Day Care providers and establishing the then new Center. She also taught at the WT School and Chilmark Schools until 2001. In 2002, she began to establish the Education Department at the MV Museum, building programs for MV Public School children and their teachers. At the museum, she also worked on the very successful whaling website: girlonawhaleship.org. Lynne has served as a Trustee of the WT Library, on the Board at the MV Historical Society (now MVM), as a patient volunteer for Hospice of MV and most recently as Vice Chair of the WT Library Foundation.

Sarah McKay

Board Member

Sarah grew up in rural Northern Ireland and graduated first in class from the University of Ulster at Magee College with a B.A in Business Enterprise Development. As a Fulbright Scholar Sarah attended U’Mass Amherst and graduated with a Masters in Regional Planning. Her interest in community economic development led her to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission where she worked as an intern while completing graduate school. Sarah became involved in the local food system through her role as store manager for Cronig’s Markets for over 15 years. She lives in West Tisbury with her husband Tim.

Mitzi Pratt

Board Member

Mitzi Pratt is a hand bookbinder from Aquinnah. She has been a key participant in a number of notable efforts to protect and improve Martha’s Vineyard’s fragile environmental, economic and social structure, including The Moshup Trail Conservation Project, the acquisition and restoration of the Vanderhoop Homestead, and most recently, the acclaimed relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse. Mitzi is a current member of Aquinnah’s Housing Committee, Conservation Committee, and Community Preservation Committee. She has previously served on the Aquinnah Arts Council and the boards of The Polly Hill Arboretum, The Friends of Family Planning, and Conway & Pratt Projects Inc, based in New York City. A long time supporter of locally raised food with an abiding concern for social justice she is delighted to be joining the IGI team. 

Allen Rugg

Board Member

Allen Rugg practiced law as a civil litigator and trial lawyer in Washington, DC and Boston for over forty years. Allen and his wife, Suzanne Boyer, live in Aquinnah with their golden retriever, Henry. They have an adult daughter, Aubyn, son in law, Andre, and two grandchildren. Allen sits on the Finance Committee of Aquinnah