Executive Director, FARM Illinois
Lee Strom is executive director of FARM Illinois. He assumed the role in April of 2015, following nearly a decade of service in Washington D.C., where he served as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Farm Credit Administration. FCA regulates the $250 billion national network of Farm Credit System institutions and Farmer Mac which provide credit and financial services to the nation’s agriculture and agribusiness sectors. He also served as chair of the $3.5 billion Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. Lee has served as an agriculture advisor on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Board on Agriculture, Labor, and Small Business, and served in numerous other leadership capacities within the agriculture and finance sectors. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Northern Illinois University for his efforts in protecting and managing the assets of the agriculture industry. Lee and his wife reside on a farm in Kane County, Illinois where his ancestors settled in the late 1800’s. Lee he has been involved in the agriculture industry his entire life.
Managing Director, FARM Illinois
Tyler Strom is managing director of the Food and Agriculture Roadmap for Illinois (FARM Illinois). Prior to his current role, Strom was a fellow of global agriculture and food at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the leading foreign affairs institution in the Midwest committed to educating the public – and influencing public discourse – on global issues of the day. A fourth-generation farmer, Strom also produces row-crops and mixed specialty crops. As a McCloy Fellow, he traveled to Germany to research the roles Germany’s academic, policy, corporate, and civic institutions play in understanding the linkages between climate change and food security and developing sound and sustainable food and agricultural policies. Strom earned his BSc in agricultural business and economics from Iowa State University and was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Lund University in Sweden where he earned his MSc in environmental studies and sustainability science.