GoFarm is extremely excited to welcome Virginia Ortiz as its new Executive Director. Virginia comes to GoFarm with more than 30 years of proven experience in nonprofit leadership, community based economic development, affordable housing, and workforce development. She has served in executive leadership positions for numerous organizations including Bayaud Enterprises, Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, and NEWSED Community Development Corporation, and is a graduate of the National Development Training Institute.
“We are very excited to have Virginia on the GoFarm team as our new Executive Director" says board president, Traci Case. "Virginia brings passion and dedication to building a stronger local food system that is equitable for all, and to building up the people around her. She has the energy, excitement and focus needed to lead GoFarm into our next phase of development. This is our first transition with leadership, and we couldn't think of a better person to take on this role! We can't wait to see what she brings to GoFarm.”
“I am thrilled about my new role with GoFarm and can’t wait to work with our constituents, meet our supporters, and build meaningful relationships with community stakeholders,” states Virginia.
Virginia replaces GoFarm founder, Eileen O’Rourke, who stepped out of the Director role in early 2021 to pursue new ideas and build new concepts around food system infrastructure.
This is an exciting time for GoFarm. We are dedicated to making a true impact in our community, supporting more local farmers in the most meaningful way possible, making local food more affordable and accessible to everyone, and spreading awareness about the importance of local, sustainable food systems. With Ortiz’s leadership and unique set of skills and background, we can’t wait to take our programming and impact to a new level.