Rashid provides overall executive and operational leadership to the Company. Rashid possess over forty years of experience in both industrial and organic agriculture, where he has managed public, private and community-based food and agriculture businesses in over 30 countries. Through his travels, Rashid has observed and learned about local food economies around the world. His experience has included managing farms in excess of 13,000 acres as well as more than 12 years with agricultural giant Cargill. Rashid also served four years as a senior executive in the Clinton administration as the Deputy Administrator of the Farm Service Agency and Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rashid is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied Political Science and holds a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts and currently serves on the boards of Georgia Organics and the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.