Our Team

Board and Staff

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Joe Maxwell
President, Board of Directors

Joe Maxwell is a co-founder of Family Farm Action Alliance. He focuses his work on a vision of an inclusive U.S. economy that works for all people, providing them an equitable opportunity to share in the prosperity they help build, rather than an economy that works for just a handful of individuals and multi-national corporations.

Over the last three years, Joe has co-authored six policy briefing papers focusing on the abusive power monopolies have over our food and agriculture sectors. His work has been profiled by Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Politico, and The Nation. He has been cited by CNN, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Washington Post, and many agriculture and regional outlets.

Joe has held key positions in both political and initiative petition campaigns. During the last election cycle, he assisted Presidential, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative candidates in developing their antitrust, agriculture, and food policy positions.

Joe holds degrees in agriculture economics and law from the University of Missouri. He served as a Missouri state legislator, as Missouri’s Lieutenant Governor, and is retired from the Army National Guard, where he served as a First Sergeant in the Field Artillery. Joe and his brother, Steve, are Missouri family farmers.

Angela Huffman

Vice President, Board of Directors

Angela Huffman is a co-founder of Family Farm Action Alliance. She has overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas, and her primary work is to ensure the cohesion and coordination of all programs and activities to help the team meet its goals.

Angela brings unique experience in integrating research, communications, and advocacy which has led to successful policy reforms for economic justice. Her winning strategy centers on building capacity through broad-based, diverse collaborations. She has appeared on NPR and Fox News, and has been cited in The New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, Politico, and dozens of regional outlets covering the impacts of consolidation in agriculture.

Angela holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the Ohio State University. Her experience also includes financial and grants management and more than 10 years in public service and advocacy.

Angela is renewing her family’s 200-year tradition by becoming the sixth generation to live and farm on their Northwest Ohio homestead.

Anim Steel

Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Directors

Anim Steel is the executive director and co-founder of the Real Food Generation, which harnesses the power of youth and universities to build a fair and sustainable food system (programs include theReal Food Challenge, the Real Meals Campaign, and Uprooted & Rising).

Prior to Real Food Generation, Anim led national initiatives at The Food Project in Boston, consulted with Economic Development Assistance Consortium, and developed employment training programs at the Bowery Residents Committee. 

Anim holds a B.A. in Astrophysics and History from Williams College and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  

He is the recipient of a James Beard Leadership Award and received an Echoing Green award for social entrepreneurship. Born in Ghana, Anim grew up in West Africa and Washington, D.C.

Dee Laninga

Senior Communications Manager

Dee (she/her) joined the Family Farm Action Alliance team in April of 2021 to raise awareness about the organization’s core issues and drive engagement toward equitable, sustainable, and family farm-centered solutions. Dee draws from her background in strategic communications, creative writing, and design to craft resonant narratives and compelling graphics to advance an array of advocacy initiatives. Her past work in such diverse sectors as clean energy, antihunger, and agriculture inform her broad perspective.

A full-time digital nomad since 2019, Dee spends her spare time hiking in the phenomenal state and national parks this country has to offer. She holds a BA from Grand Valley State University and an MFA from Washington University in St Louis.

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Jake Davis

Senior Policy Advisor

Jake Davis works as an entrepreneur, farmer, and policy advisor at the state and national level. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Public Administration from the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, Jake has dedicated his career to building a better farm and food system through market development and policy reform.

Over the past decade Jake has provided market and policy expertise to national NGOs including the National Audubon Society, the Berry Center, and many more. In 2019, he collaborated in drafting four landmark pieces of legislation to create structural reform of federal farm policy.

His passion for revitalizing rural communities and safeguarding family farmers developed early growing up on a diversified farm in Southwest Missouri. He currently farms in central Missouri, producing pasture-raised pork and vegetables. Jake and his wife, Chelsea, own Root Cellar, a local food hub in Columbia, Missouri.

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Webster Davis

Senior Policy Advisor

Webster Davis is owner of Triple D Produce, located two miles west of Auxvasse, Missouri. He has worked with various FFA groups to secure vegetable starts and encourage youth to pursue food production as an occupation. He worked with Lincoln University as a mentor for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS). He hosted an intern through Lincoln University and has served on the planning committees for Minority and Limited Resources Farmers and Ranchers Conferences.

Webster is a proud Ambassador for the Missouri AgrAbility program which is dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers return to their passions and livelihoods after an accident; they offer a multitude of resources and collaborate with many groups to make this possible. 

Webster is a veteran having turned 18 years old in U.S. Marine Corps boot camp and serving almost 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Missouri Army National Guard. He is a member of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. He conceived and is Chairman of the State of Missouri NAACP Agriculture Committee, whose goal is to increase awareness of agriculture issues and opportunities.

Webster is the treasurer of the Union Local where he works at the Callaway Nuclear Plant, and is proudly serving as the Secretary for the State of Missouri NAACP Conferences. In this role he is fulfilling the important work of ensuring that books and papers are ready for the next generation.