MADISON – Tera Johnson, who founded the Food Finance Institute (FFI) in 2014 to make sophisticated financial technical assistance available for every growing food, value-added agriculture and food systems enterprise, is leaving her position. Sarah Larson, FFI’s program manager, will take over as interim director starting Sept. 1.

Johnson, a serial entrepreneur whose mission is to create the next generation of environmentally and economically regenerative food and farming businesses, has been named CEO of the Iroquois Valley Farmland Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in Evanston, an organic farmland finance company.

“We’ve built national reach and established credibility through our proven in-person and online training models,” Johnson said. “Sarah was my first employee at the company I founded before FFI, Simply Tera’s. I am confident that the FFI team will carry forward our mission and continue to flourish. Over the last three years, Sarah has been by my side to develop solid programs, deliver top-notch technical assistance and secure new funding sources.”

While this is bittersweet news, we are pleased to share that Tera will continue to serve in an advisory role with the FFI Vision Team.