Jennifer Filipiak works directly with farmers and farmland owners, especially women landowners, to incorporate conservation practices in agricultural operations. These "best management practices" include cover crops, nutrient management and others to improve soil health and water quality while maintaining profitability. She works collaboratively with agricultural leaders, partner organizations, public agencies and state, local and federal governments to overcome barriers to adoption and advance common ground solutions for agriculture and the environment.
Jennifer brings more than 15 years of project management experience in conservation and sustainable agriculture. At the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, she was responsible for promoting sustainable agriculture, watershed partnerships and best management practices for field crops. Prior to her move to Illinois, she worked for The Nature Conservancy where she built the Iowa chapter's freshwater program by working with farmers, landowners and agency partners on practices that achieve agricultural productivity and freshwater conservation at the watershed scale. Jennifer has also worked as a wildlife biologist for the Lake County Forest Preserve District north of Chicago, served as a volunteer scientist at the Tambopata Reserve Society in the Peruvian rainforest and provided wetland consulting services with Christopher B. Burke Engineering in the Chicago area.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in ecology from Northern Michigan University and a Master of Science in wildlife ecology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
1350 W. Prairie Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178