“We are very proud of what IGI has accomplished and after 10 years of growth, we want to move our organization forward and strengthen and create programs that further our core mission,” said Randi Baird, president of IGI’s board of directors. “We are thrilled that Rebecca is onboard to help us craft a strategic plan and move us closer to building a sustainable food system for the Island.”
Haag is the former CEO of the AIDS Action Committee of MA and the national advocacy coalition, the AIDS Action Council and Foundation. She led the creation of what became the National AIDS Strategy that was adopted by President Obama in 2008. During her 11-year tenure at AAC, the HIV infection rate in Massachusetts dropped 52 percent.
Haag was a senior executive in several businesses in the Boston area including Hill, Holiday, Work/Family Directions and the global consulting firm, PWC. She has served on numerous private and non-profit boards. Most recently, after leaving AAC following a successful merger with a community health center, she has been consulting with non-profits nationwide on transformation and change.
Haag holds a BA from Wells College in Economics, an MBA from Boston University, and received an honorary degree from Simmons College in Human Services.
“I’m excited to join a great team of dedicated leaders, staff and volunteers at Island Grown Initiative,” said Haag. “The mission of IGI resonates deeply to me – to give everyone access to food that they can afford and which will enhance the health of their families. A local, sustainable food system not only promotes economic and job growth for the Vineyard, it impacts the overall health and wellness of our community. I look forward to working with so many other Islanders who are already committed to this important work.”