C-AGG Vision

Creating sustainable agriculture and climate change solutions for farmers, ranchers and society.

Who We Are

The Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG) is a multi-stakeholder coalition fostering a fact-based discourse on the development and adoption of voluntary incentives to reduce GHG emissions from the agricultural sector. C-AGG participants include 150 organizations such as agricultural producers and producer groups, scientists, environmental NGO’s, carbon market developers, methodology experts, and investors, and other proponents of voluntary agricultural GHG mitigation opportunities and benefits.

Executive Director

Debbie Reed
Based in Washington, DC, Debbie manages and provides leadership and development for C-AGG activities and meetings. Her extensive policy expertise in agriculture, climate change and natural resources serve to guide and inform C-AGGs work in the US and abroad. Debbie’s past positions in the US legislative and administrative branches and work in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) continue to support and inform C-AGG’s policy and program development and stakeholder engagement and outreach. Debbie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, and co-chairs their greenhouse gas metric and soil carbon metric sub-committees. Debbie is also the President/Director of DRD Associates LLC, providing technical, policy and strategic support to a range of organizations in the areas of sustainable food and agriculture, including incentive-based and market-based ecosystem services and climate change mitigation opportunities. Debbie’s previous positions include serving in the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Agricultural Policy; in the U.S. Senate, as a Senior Staff on natural resource and agricultural issues for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska; and numerous leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including a special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics (REE), and special assistant to the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Her work at USDA included serving on multiple Bi-national Commissions on Agricultural Science and Technology; and as the USDA Executive Secretariat for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Prior to that, Debbie worked for the Washington, DC Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Supplemental Feeding Program; and for various non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting human nutrition research, policies and programs in support of human health. She has an MS in human nutrition and communications from Boston University. Debbie can be reached at dreed@drdassociates.org.

Project Manager

Thayer Tomlinson
As project manager, Thayer manages the organization's communications through the newsletter and website, participates in C-AGG’s corporate supply chain relationships, supports the planning, execution and follow-up associated with C-AGG meetings and workshops, and ensures that C-AGG meets our objectives. In addition to C-AGG, Thayer also supports the EPA ENERGY STAR Congregations and Small Business program through technical outreach and energy/water benchmarking. For ten years, Thayer served as the Communications Director for the International Biochar Initiative, a non-profit organization working to further biochar systems and research. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, teaching sustainable agriculture, English, and environmental education; with her colleagues, she successfully created a community garden and greenhouse that is still producing vegetables today. Thayer has a MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She lives in Vermont and can be reached at thayer@c-agg.org and 802-257-5359.

Meeting Planner

Ashley Markgraf
Ashley is responsible for meeting logistics for C-AGG meetings, workshops and retreats, using an extensive network of contacts to negotiate and secure meeting venues, audio-visual needs, and accommodations. She also manages and supports C-AGG participant registration for meetings and workshops, and trouble-shoots on-site at all events. Ashley also helps maintain C-AGG’s extensive website. Ashley joined the C-AGG Team while working as a Project Coordinator at Meridian Institute in Washington, DC. There she also gained experience engaging on other projects including ocean initiatives, the Florida Everglades and the BP Oil Spill National Commission. Ashley graduated from Miami University in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing. Ashley lives in Elmhurst, IL just outside of Chicago with her husband Grant, three daughters, Delaney, Marlowe and Arden and their dog, Charlie. Ashley can be reached at ashley@c-agg.org and 630-742-9245.

Administrative Director

Shiva Scotti
At C-AGG, Shiva manages administrative and financial reporting duties of the organization. Shiva holds an MBA from The Ohio State University, where she majored in Marketing Management with a minor in International Business. She has worked for several Fortune 100 companies including Kimberly-Clark Corporation on the Kleenex Brand and Abbott Laboratories, as well as in Munich, Germany for a couple years in a leadership marketing role. She also has experience as the General Manager of a global nonprofit organization, which specialized in climate change mitigation and soil sustainability technologies. Her experience spans an array of businesses and includes developing new products, determining brand positioning and media plans both in the US and abroad, growing relationships with professional sports leagues (i.e. NBA, NFL, NHL and endurance athletes) and sponsors, managing communication strategies internationally, and facilitating global education coursework & projects. Shiva also served as Executive Director of a leading certified data destruction company, where her efforts delivered higher overall technical efficiency of the business, as well as deeper and stronger client relationships. Shiva resides in Ohio with her husband and four children and can be reached at shiva@c-agg.org.

Steering Committee

Agricultural Sector
Thomas Driscoll, National Farmers Union
Chad Frahm, Innovation Center for US Dairy
Nick Goeser, National Corn Growers Association
Gabriele Ludwig, Almond Board of California

Environmental NGO
Jimmy Daukas, American Farmland Trust
Robert Parkhurst, Environmental Defense Fund

Carbon Markets/Financial Sector
Leslie Durschinger, Terra Global Capital, LLC
Sheldon Zakreski, The Climate Trust

Academic/Government/Think Tank
John Kadyszewski, Winrock International

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