Vanessa Garcia Polanco
Policy Campaigns Co-Director
National Young Farmers Coalition
Vanessa Garcia Polanco co-designs the strategy and implementation of Young Farmers’ policy campaigns, ensuring the team is pursuing and advocating for equity-driven, farmer-centric research, policy, and programmatic interventions. She serves as an organizational council member and co-chair of the Farming Opportunities & Fair Competition Committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. She is a James Beard Foundation Scholar, an Agriculture and Food Human Values Society Innovation Leader, and a 2021 Emerging Leader in Food and Ag. She is an alumna of Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Rhode Island College of the Environment and Life Sciences.