Ann Y. Robinson joins Council as Ag Policy Specialist

The Iowa Environmental Council is pleased to announce that Ann Y. Robinson has joined the Council as its new Agricultural Policy Specialist. Robinson, of Des Moines, is a long-time Council member and past board member.


Robinson has a background working in sustainable agriculture and water quality issues in Iowa and the region. She came to the Council from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), where she served as the Midwest Regional Office Director. In that role, she specialized in crop insurance and farm to school programs.

Previously, she worked in project management and communications for groups including the Mid-American Agroforestry Working Group, Iowa Rivers Revival and the Izaak Walton League of America. Robinson also spent several years coordinating state wetlands and watershed planning efforts for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

“I am very excited to have the chance to work with the Council to support and expand soil and water conservation efforts in Iowa,” says Robinson. “I have long admired the Council’s important work, and I look forward to contributing to the efforts of the staff and board.”

“Reducing agricultural pollution and strengthening programs and policies to reduce nutrients has been and continues to be a top priority for the Council,” said Executive Director Ralph Rosenberg. “Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, which will be a great asset to the Council as she builds upon our past efforts to work with diverse stakeholders.”

Robinson replaces Jennifer L. Terry, who joined IEC in 2013 as its first Agriculture Policy Specialist. Terry left IEC in September 2015 to take a position as policy specialist for the Des Moines Water Works.

Robinson can be contacted at or 515-244-1194, ext 211.

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