Jesse Taylor, the new executive director of the Washington FFA Foundation, says he hopes to create a “wide net” of partnerships with every sector of the state’s agriculture industry.
“I believe that corporate sponsorship creates a win-win for them as well as the foundation,” he said.
As executive director, Taylor said, one of his top priorities is to educate and create a larger work force of “agriculturists” in the state.
Taylor joined FFA in high school in 1998. He served as a state FFA officer in 2001-2002.
“It helped me go to college and it drove my career path and what I have done with my life,” he said. “... This position gives the opportunity to give back to the broader FFA community and agriculture industry as a whole.”
As an officer, Taylor participated in every statewide function the program offers. He also became aware of the costs associated with the 12-month program of activities.
“Although the FFA is an inter-curriculuar part of our common schools in Washington state, the funding process that it takes to run the association falls squarely on the shoulders of the students and our corporate and industry association partners,” he said.
Taylor said the agriculture industry should know that there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to partnering with the foundation.
“I am willing and able to craft unique partnership models for each and every entity that feels the call to advance our cause of growing young people into the next generation of leaders in the agriculture community,” he said.
“Jesse Taylor is an outstanding addition to our Washington Team AgEd and FFA, as be brings a deep blend of legislative, industry and agriculture education experience,” Dennis Wallace, state FFA advisor, said in a press release. “I know he will work tirelessly with our internal and external partners to ensure that Washington FFA and agriculture education are strongly represented and supported by the Washington agriculture industry.”
Taylor has been a legislative aide for Washington Sen. Mark Schoesler since 2013. Taylor also worked as an agricultural educator for three years.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics at Washington State University.
For more information about the Washington FFA Foundation, visit https://waffafoundation.org