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Farm & Food Program Coordinator
Charlottesville Office
(434) 977-2033 ext. 7081
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Jess graduated with a M.S. in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Biology from Southwestern University. While at Michigan, she was Coordinator for a campus garden student group, Cultivating Community, and a Restoration Assistant at the UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens. After graduation she traveled to Tanzania, East Africa to assist a project researching the effect of weather extremes on the livelihoods of rural, subsistence farmers in the Rufiji River Basin. Before moving to Virginia, she worked in Maine at the State DEP as a Biological Monitoring Assistant.

Jess' work at PEC focuses on promoting the local food economy in central Virginia, including coordinating our Buy Fresh Buy Local program. She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, kids and very large, friendly dog. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge, taking ballet classes, experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, growing vegetables in her backyard and planning the next home renovation.

In-House Counsel
(540) 347-2334 ext. 7092
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Diana joined PEC in 2011 and currently serves as PEC's In-House Counsel. Before coming to PEC, Diana practiced law in The Plains, VA as Georgia H. Herbert, Esq.'s Associate Attorney at Georgia H. Herbert, P.C. She holds degrees from Cornell University, American University, and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Though she grew up in Montgomery County, MD, her grandparents resided in Fauquier County. Diana's grandfather served as PEC's President in the early 1970's so she has a long history with the organization and the Piedmont. Diana now lives in Fauquier as well with her three children, cats, dogs, ponies, and a donkey. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Highland School and is involved in a variety of volunteer and philanthropic efforts.

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