Todd Barker is a Senior Partner at Meridian Institute; he joined Meridian in 1999. Mr. Barker has more than 20 years of experience facilitating policy dialogues, negotiations, and strategy development processes. He has expertise in the areas of food and agriculture; chemicals, pesticides, and toxic substances; climate change, energy, and air quality; environmental cleanup and waste management; biodiversity and natural resources; mining; science and technology; security; and water.
Mr. Barker manages and leads policy dialogues, negotiations, and strategy development projects. He conducts convening assessments, designs processes, raises funds, plans and facilitates meetings, helps participants develop consensus documents, and supports implementation activities.
In recent years, Mr. Barker has focused extensively on issues relating to food and agriculture in both developed and developing countries. For example, he worked closely with nine major foundations to help them envision and launch AGree: Transforming Food and Ag Policy. This eight-year project – which is based out of Meridian Institute's Washington, D.C., office, and leverages Meridian’s strategic consultation, convening and facilitation expertise – brings together individuals and institutions with diverse experience and perspectives in an effort to build agreement on the transformation of U.S. food and agriculture policy. In addition, Mr. Barker is supporting the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, an international network of foundations committed to the advancing sustainable global agriculture and food systems, with strategic consultation and facilitation services. Mr. Barker also served as project director for Innovations for Agricultural Value Chains in Africa. In this project, leading scientists and innovators collaborated with key players in the maize, cassava, and dairy value chains in Africa, to identify innovative post-harvest management and processing technologies that reduce crop loss.
Mr. Barker holds an M.S. in Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and a B.A. in History, also from the University of Michigan.