Staff Member

Assistant Director of Communications

Renee Gasch

Renee (she/her) works to raise the profile of agroforestry and the Savanna Institute through media, outreach, and education. From a farming family in Northeast Wisconsin, Renee spent her youth active in 4-H and FFA showing dairy cattle at county and state fairs. She earned her Journalism degree from UW-Madison and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has 20-years of experience leading communications at a diverse mix of organizations, from mission-driven nonprofits and museums to politicians and celebrities to Fortune 500 companies. For the past decade, Renee has led communications for documentary films as a consultant for the national PBS series Independent Lens. A life-long social justice activist, Renee’s passion is in culturally responsive education and integrating equity into social system design. In her free time, you can find her working for social change as a local election volunteer and on her city’s sustainability commission.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (608) 448-6432 ext. 208

Since its genesis in 2013, the Savanna Institute has grown to add demonstration farms, educational programs, and research initiatives to develop more diverse, perennial agriculture. Newfound investment in nature-based climate solutions has propelled the organization’s growth and expanded what’s possible for farmers when they integrate trees and shrubs in pasture, in fields, and along waterways.