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IAC Chief Executive Officer is a Finalist for the 2024 Elevate Prize



Congratulations to Kari Jo Lawrence, the Chief Executive Officer of the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC), for being selected as a finalist for the Elevate Prize Foundation's 2024 award!


The Elevate Prize Foundation aims to amplify the visibility and recognition of organizations committed to driving social change and making a positive impact in conservation, community empowerment, social equity, education, children's welfare, sustainability, refugee rights, democracy, and more. We are honored to stand among the 24 finalists recognized for our dedication to these critical causes. For more information about the Elevate Prize finalists, please visit the Elevate Prize Foundation's website.


Under Kari Jo's leadership, IAC has been dedicated to addressing pressing social issues affecting Native communities for nearly four decades. The Elevate Prize serves as a catalyst, inspiring innovative solutions to address barriers faced by Tribes and Tribal producers.


IAC's efforts enhance Indian Agriculture through a comprehensive range of programs. These initiatives are designed to increase access to agricultural resources through a nationwide technical support network, a natural resources program that conducts field trainings and services, market access support services, a regenerative economies program, and a youth and young professionals program, creating opportunities for the next generation.


"Our mission is to elevate community voices and address the issues that hinder access to resources necessary for improving their agricultural businesses."

—Kari Jo Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer of IAC


IAC tirelessly advocates for equity across federal programs in collaboration with its partners to promote reciprocity with the land, sustainability, and economic prosperity within Indian Country. We are honored to be a finalist for this award to further elevate and highlight the contributions Native producers make each day in hopes of one day achieving true equity.


We invite you to hear from Kari Jo Lawrence and learn more about the impactful work IAC carries out for Tribal Nations and Tribal producers nationwide. Watch our Elevate Prize submission video below for further insights.



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