Warren King is acting as an adivsor to the Restore the Land conference to assist with topic development, speaker acquisition, venue selection and overall wise advice.
Warren spent the majority of his professional career with Cargill, Inc. as a trader, futures analyst, commodities broker and international market developer. He was widely regarded as a leading expert on government commodity programs and the underlying fundamentals of food and feed grains.
Since leaving Cargill, Warren has worked as a consultant and thought partner to numerous not-for-profits and small businesses in the areas of food and natural products. His accomplishments as a researcher, contributor and project manager have included Sustain USA's 2006 Organic Harvest Report (PDF), an Illinois Department of Agriculture funded study on the feasibility of constructing a new organic distribution facility (PDF) in the Chicago area and an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity funded study for the City of Rochelle, IL; Capitalizing on Containers (PDF).
In addition to his consulting and project work, Mr. King held the position of General Manager at Goodness Greeness, the Midwest’s largest certified organic produce wholesaler, until November of 2007. Because of his background and expertise in the food supply chain, he was appointed to serve on the State of Illinois’ Local Organic Food and Farming Taskforce and provides leadership as the Infrastructure Committee Co-Chair on the Taskforce.
Warren’s passion for the land, agriculture and sustainable practices is rooted in his northern California upbringing and his work on the farm as a young man. In 2000 he was honored with the Illinois State 4-H Alumni Recognition Award and continues these activities by serving on the boards of Seven Generations Ahead, Sustain USA and the Association of Family Farms, all not-for-profits that are working to increase regional food production, provide new revenue opportunities for farmers and help communities to act and live more sustainably. In addition, he is on the School Food Advisory Council of the Healthy Schools Campaign, NFP.
Mr. King is also the co-founder of Kidz Express, a not-for-profit based in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, working to improve the lives of children through education, skill development, healthy living and exploration of the world around them.
Warren lives in Oak Park, IL with his wife Kate and their three children and is an avid year-round cyclist. He possesses an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University and is a graduate of UC-Davis with a degree in International Relations.