Catie DeMets is the Academy’s former Wisconsin Strategy Initiatives coordinator. Before moving to Wisconsin, DeMets lived in Missoula, Montana, where she worked and played in the mountains. As the Beginning Farmer & Rancher Resource Coordinator for the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition, DeMets supported sustainable farmers around Montana to develop and implement their agricultural business plans. At Lake County Community Development Corporation, she studied and presented on alternative business structures for building resilient local economies and food systems, notably including cooperatives, while designing and pitching her own farm-based business.
She has a BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Lawrence University and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, where she graduated as a Bertha Morton Fellow in May 2018. DeMets is deeply invested in understanding, communicating, and promoting interdisciplinary solutions to our society’s most pressing environmental issues. She enjoys walks with her crazy dogs and partner, discovering great restaurants, rambling through farmers markets, and connecting with the outdoors through all forms of skiing.