Mr. Juan A. Marinez

(KNFP-08 Advisor)
Assistant to the Director/Federal Liaison
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Economic Security
Community Development
Rural Development
Food Systems
Food Systems
Leadership Development
Social Justice
Civil Rights
Immigration & Border Issues


JUAN MARINEZ Michigan State University, Julian Samora Research Institute, room 11 Agriculture Hall, East Lansing Mi. 48824 Home 4400 Apache Drive, Okemos, MI 48864 Work: 517 353-9772 517 432-1048 (fax) Home: 517 349-9287 EDUCATION BA Social Work, 1972 Michigan State University POSITIONS HELD 2002- January, Appointed by Michigan State University Provost to the Universities Federal Liaison in Washington DC 2002- April, Presented on Latino Farmers at the Food and Society Conference. The Kellogg Foundation sponsored the Conference 2002- May, Presented a paper to the Cornell Migrant Programs 30th Anniversary Conference Our Roots Feed Our Future: 2002- May, Appointment as consultant to the Committee on Domestic Policy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the public policy arm of the Catholic Bishops of the United States 1999-2002, - I was invited to serve as Secretary of Agriculture Glickman, National Program Coordinator on Farm Workers as an IPA to USDA. Assisted in obtaining 20 million dollars to assist-farm workers who had been negatively affected by natural disasters. 7 million dollars were provided in an open competitive grants making process to assist states with the transition of New Immigrants into rural communities the fund was called fund for rural America. 2001- provided a grant to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service to convert the data collected on ownership of US farms and then select and create a national profile of US Hispanic Operators. I participated in creating a national report as well a Quick Facts on our US Hispanic farmers. 1999- provided a grant to research the expanding rates of Latino Farmers. The grant was provided to Dr. Garcia at University of Indiana in Pennsylvania. The study was conducted in the South West corridor of Michigan. This is the geographic region of Michigan that is having the largest growth and concentration of Latino farmers. 1995-1999- Assistant Director for Outreach, Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University and Regional Director, to the Michigan State University Extension Service 1987-1995 Regional Director, East Central Region, Michigan State University Extension. Supervised 120 staff in the 13 most rural counties of Michigan 1977-1987 Regional Director, Southeast Region, Michigan State University Extension. Supervised 200 staff in 10 counties in the South East Michigan. This region of Michigan contains three of the most populated counties in Michigan 1975-1977 Regional Director, Northern Region, Michigan State University Extension. Co-supervised 55 staff members in 33 Northern Counties in Michigan SELECTED WORK EXPERIENCES 1999-2001 during this period at USDA, I presented workshops on farm workers and Hispanic farmers across the US for State and National Conferences. 1998 developed an eight-week Latino Leadership Program for Northwestern Michigan, in partnership with MSUE, local Chicano/Latino leaders. The program will be replicated in other regions of the state. 1998 Organized a panel on "Mexican-Latino Workers and Agribusiness" for MSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Participants included farmers, rural elected officials, and rural Latino/non-Latino nonprofit organizations. 1994 - Co-Developer (with Dr. Joe Shaltry and Dr. Chris Stevens) of the Dairy Labor Training Program, a partnership between Telamon Corporation, MSUE, and MSU Department of Animal Science. The Dairy Milking School has been successful in training and placing farmworker and their families in Michigan's diary labor workforce. Besides the technical training, the program involves diversity training for both employees and dairy employers. 1977- to the present have assisted with rural development efforts in Michigan in implementing economic models that will maintain populations in rural America. We believe this will slow down out migration from our rural areas. 1998-2000 National Advisory Board, Telamon Corporation 1987- to the present Diversity trainer at MSUE Extension 1996- to the present conducts a two-day training on Multicultural Education Program for Michigan State University Extension Service. Results of this work have resulted in adding this training to the core classes for all MSUE staff (600 professionals, 300 para-professionals, and 150 clerical support staff). In 1999 this program was selected by USDA to receive its National Diversity award, then invited to conduct a Multicultural workshop to USDA staff members. The results have been that we have been invited to return 4 times to conduct our workshop to more members of USDA. 1996- Three-day workshop "Changing Racism using a Personal Approach to Multiculturalism" North Carolina Diversity Education Center 1988- on going with W. K. Kellogg Foundation consultancy 1997- Working advisor to the Kellogg Leadership Program bringing a "diversity focus" to the next generation of leaders.