On behalf of the PCC Farmland Trust board, I am pleased to share that we have selected Melissa Campbell to be the next executive director of PCC Farmland Trust effective February 1, 2019. In our search process, the board sought a visionary executive director capable of leading the Trust as we expand the reach of our mission and depth of our programs. We believe we have found that – and so much more – in Melissa.
Melissa has been steeped in the issue of farmland conservation for over 16 years. Melissa joined PCC Farmland Trust in 2008, bringing a deep knowledge of natural resource conservation and land access barriers for immigrant farmworkers in the Puget Sound region. She began her tenure at the Trust by building its stewardship program, soon taking on the role of conservation director and then conservation finance director, where she built the Trust’s first regional farmland conservation and finance strategy. As associate director, Melissa led what would be a four-year effort to create a business plan and financial model to support the launch of the Trust’s first impact investment vehicle, the Farmland Impact Note. Under Melissa’s leadership, in less than 10 months, the Trust raised $2.7 million from 17 investors, fully subscribing the Farmland Impact Note and financing the Trust’s largest conservation project to date.
Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in conservation, a deep commitment to the Trust’s mission, and long-standing relationships with producers, partners, and donors alike to her new role as executive director. Throughout the search process, we were impressed by the diverse and talented pool of candidates from across the country all equally inspired by the Trust’s mission. Of all of the candidates, however, Melissa continued to rise to the top, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her lead the organization into its next chapter.
As a trusted member of our community and farmland preservation champion, I want to thank you for your support throughout the course of this transition. Over the coming weeks and months, I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Melissa Campbell into her new role as executive director of PCC Farmland Trust.
Thank you for your continued partnership and I look forward to embarking upon this next chapter of PCC Farmland Trust with you.