BOSTON — Land For Good (LFG) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Mick Weltman, an experienced nonprofit leader, strategist, and fundraiser, to the position of Executive Director.
“Mick comes to LFG with an enormous amount of talent and experience gained from a long and remarkably successful career in the non-profit sector; most of it in high-level leadership positions,” shared Andrew Marshall, President of the Board of Directors for Land For Good. “The board is especially excited about Mick’s expertise in fund development, strategic thinking, and executive leadership. We believe that Mick is the leader that LFG needs at this moment to set us up for a future of innovation and impact.”
Weltman has served as executive director to nonprofits for more than 25 years. He has dedicated his career to the nonprofit world and led and consulted with organizations locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally. Weltman’s career work has included a focus on environmental issues and sustainability, smart growth, women’s health, and international economic development. Most recently, Weltman worked in the Chicago area having spent nearly a decade growing the Associated Colleges of Illinois including developing one of the most diverse boards in the state.
Weltman has also served as director of finance and administration for two organizations of budgets between $1-2 million and treasurer for a $5 million cooperative. Weltman’s education and experience in business development, strategic planning, and project management includes more than 12 years as associate and adjunct professor having taught Valuing Human Capital, Financial Management, Budgeting, Business Planning, Project Management, Human Resources, and International Marketing.
LFG is a nationally recognized leader and the only organization of its kind with a sole focus on farmland access, tenure, and transfer. For nearly two decades, LFG has been working to put more farmers more securely on land in New England, support farm viability, increase farming opportunity, and keep land in farming amid on-going and dynamic change around land access, food systems, and climate disruption. The organization develops, promotes, and supports diversity and innovation around farmland tenure.
Supporting farmers and farmland owners who are accessing and transferring farmland and farms is critical in the region. Approximately 30% of New England’s farmers are likely to exit farming in the next decade, and 90% of these exiting or transitioning farmers are uncertain of their farm’s future and likely do not have a succession plan, according to studies. This land and agricultural infrastructure will change hands in one way or another over the next decade. What these farmers do with their land and other farm assets as they exit farming will shape New England’s agricultural landscape for generations to come. At the same time, access to land is a top challenge facing new and beginning farmers. Fewer young farm operators are getting securely on land. They need support to determine their land access strategy, find and assess farm properties, and negotiate effective agreements.
Weltman and the Land For Good team will continue to work with many organizations and agencies across New England that are already cooperating on land access and farm succession education and technical assistance. Land For Good’s newest initiative, Land for Farmers project, will develop training, expand advising, and improve tools and resources for farmers and farmland owners. This project includes collaborations with these organizations: American Farmland Trust – New England, Connecticut Farmland Trust, Intervale Center, Maine Farmland Trust, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, Southern New England Farmers of Color Collaborative, and World Farmers, among others.
Weltman holds a Master of Business Administration-Finance from Southeastern University, a Master of Arts-International Management from School for International Training, and a Certificate-Organizational Development from Georgetown University.
–Land For Good