Advancing agriculture as a climate solution.

American agriculture must be a solution to the climate crisis while retaining its role as a global food supplier.

The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation seeks to advance a full ecosystem of support for climate-smart and regenerative agriculture as a meaningful solution to the climate crisis. The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation will focus on both supporting what leading farmers, ranchers, NGOs, investors, philanthropists, and the private sector are already doing, while also addressing unmet needs that prevent such initiatives from further scaling.



Joe Shultz

Executive Director

As The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation Executive Director, Joe draws on more than 15 years of leading food and agriculture policy in the U.S. Senate and his work on the past three bipartisan Farm Bills. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Cornell University, Joe is active in the management of his family's fourth-generation farm.


Katie Hanson

Program Officer

Hanson brings more than eight years of philanthropic experience partnering with nonprofits to create positive environmental change. In her previous role with Crown Family Philanthropies, Hanson managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio with over 50 nonprofits through all phases of the grant cycle. She has deep working relationships across the environmental sector, including with sustainable agriculture and food system funders and nonprofits. Hanson is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband, Karl, and pup, Sven.



The Platform for Agriculture and Climate Transformation is a new independent donor collaborative supported with initial funding from the Walton Family Foundation, the Builder’s Initiative, Vere Initiatives, and Conscience Bay Research, with additional support from Crown Family Philanthropies, Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.