Keynote Speakers

Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Chief Operating Officer, Main Street Project, Northfield, MN

Reginaldo (Regi) Haslett-Marroquin is the Chief Operating Officer at Main Street Project, a Minnesota-based enterprise development group working to build a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable food system, with the power to revitalize rural communities. Regi has a long history of successful transnational entrepreneurial leadership. He began working on economic development projects with indigenous Guatemalan communities in 1988, and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program’s Bureau for Latin America and advisor to the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He was a founding board member of the Fair Trade Federation and led the creation and launch of Peace Coffee, a MN-based fair-trade coffee company, and then went on to work with woodland owners in the Midwest and Guatemala where he organized several stewardship-certified cooperative forestry businesses..

Reginaldo_HALF SHOT 3 20 2014Regi is currently the COO of Main Street Project.

 

Venice Williams, Executive Director, Alice’s Garden Urban Farm,
Milwaukee, WI

Venice calls herself a cultural and spiritual midwife, strongly believing she was put in Creation to help bring forth all that is good and whole in people and places. Read about how Alice’s Garden Urban Farm evolved.

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