Our Team

Kate Mendenhall, Director of Organic Farmers Association

Kate Mendenhall worked with Pesticide Action Network and CUESA at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco before traveling to the east to work for NOFA-NY for a decade, the last five years as their Executive Director. Now Kate lives in her hometown in Okoboji, Iowa.  She worked as the Managing Director for the Iowa Organic Association for three years while starting her own organic livestock farm. She continues to farm while leading Organic Farmers Association.  Her nationwide experience and dedication to organic farmers throughout her career makes leading the Organic Farmers Association her dream job and she is a fierce advocate for what organic farmers need and want from the ground up!

Kate(at)OrganicFarmersAssociation.org  202-643-5363

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Lily Hawkins, Policy Director

Lily Hawkins is thrilled to serve as OFA’s Policy Director to advocate for organic farmers. Raised in Pennsylvania farm country, she joined OFA in 2022 after three years as the Maryland Senior Organizer with Food & Water Watch. During her time there she worked with a broad-based coalition, including farmers, on strategic campaigns to push Maryland toward a more just and sustainable food system, and towards 100% clean renewable energy. She led the successful grassroots effort to pass legislation allowing the first community choice energy aggregation pilot program in the state, which will bring affordable clean energy to electricity consumers. Prior to moving to Washington D.C. to join Food & Water Watch, Lily served as the inaugural president of SOMA Action, a volunteer-run political advocacy organization in New Jersey.

Lily(at)OrganicFarmersAssocation.org  267-231-2216