Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Jill Isenbarger

Chief of Staff, United Nations Foundation

Jill joined the United Nations Foundation as Chief of Staff in early 2020. In that role, Jill advises the President & CEO on strategy, direction and impact. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Jill was the CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, an organization advancing sustainable agriculture and a culture of eating that can support it.  Jill catalyzed Stone Barns Center from a local, New York-centric start-up to a formidable and highly regarded institution with national and international reach and influence.

Prior to Stone Barns Center, Jill served as Chief of Staff for The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization. Jill worked to advance climate change initiatives, bring the Conservancy’s Last Great Places to urban dwellers through an international traveling photography exhibition and book, In Response to Place, and developed a National Public Radio series, Stories from the Heart of the Land.  She has been a critical advocate in support of ecosystem services and helped to develop the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility with the World Bank, an initiative to create financial mechanisms valuing carbon and applying high-quality standards to help developing countries protect threatened forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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