We are on a social and ecological mission to co-create a NEW food system.
Morgan is the mother of three, wonderful children and an overall get-shit-done type. The vision for Commons and its decentralized and descaled Common Wealth Network emerged via her work in the birthing space, were community and communion unite and simultaneously demand the fullness of life, impartially and never hesitantly.
After a full-ride, collegiate career in Track and Field (polevault), Morgan worked as a Business Analyst in a top award-winning software development agency in Cleveland, Ohio. In this role, she operated the undulating middle-ground between software developers and real-world problems, a role that found success when the peopleness of people was kept in the fore, and even celebrated.
In 2015, Morgan left the world of high-technology and jumped headlong into human-scale and regenerative farming with her family, after her husband was diagnosed with life-altering medical conditions.
She lives in Virginia with her children, Elowyn, Tecumseh, and Sequoia, and her husband, Daniel.
Director of Content and Communications.
Raised in a small town surrounded by a wide expanse of crop fields in central Illinois, Katherine is all too familiar with the negative impacts of conventional agriculture and the current food system. Even as a child, on an intuitive level she understood that the health of the land, animals, and people in her community was not thriving. As a teenager, her own health started to deteriorate when she presented with symptoms of a chronic illness with links to environmental toxin exposure.
Her free-spirited nature led her to the mountains of Western North Carolina in her early 20s where Katherine was introduced to an entirely different approach to health—one that is deeply rooted in relationship, fosters personal sovereignty, and is far simpler than anything she had come to understand about health from the conventional medical model. She believes that true regeneration starts with a regeneration of self, and she is here to shift the narrative around what and how we eat.
Katherine holds a master’s degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health and is a certified Clarity Breathwork practitioner. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her two children (who bark and walk on four legs), Mimi and Su.
Advisory Team Member
Michael is co-founder of Foodshed Capital, and oversees the day-to-day operations as Executive Director.
Under his leadership the organization grew from a local slow money project in Central Virginia to a region-wide loan program serving farms and food businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. Michael also led Foodshed Capital toward certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 2020.
Michael has developed strong relationships with dozens of farmers around the region and has been involved in making more than 80 loans totaling $1.5 million since 2019. Michael began his career in banking and later honed his financial skills as a 15-year executive in the broadcast television business. He has served on the board of several food and agriculture organizations including:the Virginia Farmers Market Association; the Virginia Association for Biological Farming; and the Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience & Access Coalition (MAFRAC).
He also served on the planning team for the Food Justice Network in Central Virginia. Michael earned an undergraduate degree at Yale University and a graduate degree at Columbia University.