Jim Baird

Mid-Atlantic Director

Jim Baird works with agricultural and conservation partners in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Through his work, Jim promotes the adoption of conservation practices, ensures that farmers' concerns are reflected in policy and program discussions, and advocates to uphold dedicated funding to protect farmland and help family farmers keep their land in farming.

Jim is active in efforts to put permanent land protection at the forefront of work to restore the Chesapeake Bay. He also helps area farmers adopt innovative practices that reduce pollution while maintaining profitability. Jim has been instrumental in designing and facilitating a number of Bay-wide conferences aimed at bringing agricultural stakeholders together with conservation organizations and area citizens. Most recently, he launched conservation learning circles in the region, bringing women landowners together with women conservation professionals. This peer-to-peer learning empowers women to implement conservation practices on their land.

Jim has 30 years of experience in nonprofit program management and private consulting in agriculture, conservation, sustainability and evaluation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and an Master of Science from the University of Maryland in program evaluation.

Jim served as a Peace Corps volunteer, with the Salvation Army World Services Office as the Africa Program Director, as a consultant for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and as Director of Sustainability Education for the Izaak Walton League.

Phone: (202) 378-1235