KRC Announces New Executive Director
As this Rural Papers goes to press, the Kansas Rural Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Connie Bonfy of Wichita, KS as KRC’s next Executive Director. “After a dedicated search, we feel we are lucky to add someone with Connie’s experience in non-profit management. She brings her leadership skills, passion, and commitment to serve sustainable agriculture and an ecologically based food system and Kansas communities,” stated Stu Shafer, KRC board president
Bonfy’s background and education are in the arts, and she served as Executive Director for several Kansas arts focused non-profits, often combining the arts with nature’s art found in places like the Flint Hills or rural Kansas communities. She also served as a grant writer for two community colleges. These experiences honed her skills with budget and organizational management, grant writing and program development, and fund raising. Growing up in rural Kansas (Arkansas City is her hometown), her second passion has long been interest in and support for sustainable agriculture and ecologically based farming as the direction for agriculture and our food system.
“KRC is a trusted voice for independent family farms, rural communities and a sustainable, just food system, and progressive public policy,” stated Bonfy. ‘I want to help extend this trust to a greater level now and into the future.”
Bonfy, who will begin April 1, 2020, will succeed Mary Fund who has a long history with KRC and served as Executive Director from 2015 to the present. Fund retired at the end of 2019, but stayed on in a part-time capacity during the search. Fund will continue as a consultant while Bonfy transitions into the organization.
The next issue of Rural Papers will include a longer introduction to Ms. Bonfy.