Jane Maland Cady is Co-Chair of the Global Alliance, and Director of International Programs for The McKnight Foundation, a private, family foundation in Minnesota. The Foundation’s International Programs focus its grantmaking on sustainable livelihoods in 15 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, particularly on agro-ecological research for smallholder farmers and natural resource rights for local communities. Prior to joining McKnight in 2008, Jane spent 15 years managing her own consulting firm, Criando Research and Evaluation Services. She has extensive domestic and international experience working with community development initiatives and sustainable agriculture systems, through her teaching, evaluation practice, and on-the-ground implementation. She has also worked in the private sector to expand markets in the USA for fair trade and organic products from South America and the USA. Jane has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota, has lived and worked extensively in Brazil and Mexico, and speaks Portuguese and Spanish. Having grown up on a southern Minnesota farm, she is committed to promoting sustainability and equity in agriculture and food systems around the globe, involving farmers in the process. She is the mother of four inspiring and lively children.