Jennifer directs AFT’s “Farmers Combat Climate Change” initiative. As part of this work, she oversees AFT’s efforts helping states in the US Climate Alliance develop policies and programs to ensure agriculture realizes its potential to combat climate change. Before joining AFT, Jennifer served as NRCS’s West Region Soil Health Team Leader and co-director/NRCS Liaison for USDA Northwest Climate Hub. Before that, she was an associate professor in the Plant and Soil Science Department at Texas Tech University. Jennifer is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University. She has co-authored many publications and press articles on soil health management, carbon cycling, and microbial ecology. She was elected the 2017 chair of the Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division for the Soil Science Society of America. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and environmental studies from Binghamton University, a Master of Science in soil science from Iowa State University, and a Doctorate in soil science from Oregon State University.