Gus Schumacher

Founding Board Member

As Founding Board Member of Equity Advocates, Gus provided federal policy expertise and strategic development support. From 1997 to 2001, Gus served as President Clinton’s Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA. Prior, he served as Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior Agri-lender for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After Harvard College, Gus studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School.

He was a member of the 21st National Academy of Sciences. He jointly oversaw the preparation of the Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled “Modernizing America’s Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Direction”. He has received leadership awards from the James Beard Foundation and the EOS Foundation. He was also founding board chair of Wholesome Wave and on the board of Farmers Market Coalition. It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Gus passed in September 2017.