Board of Directors

  • Liz Garst

    Ms. Garst manages a family farm near Coon Rapids Iowa and oversees two family-owned community banks.   She has worked for the World Bank, her family’s seed company and as a bank president.   Liz has a BA from Stanford, a MS in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State and a MBA from Harvard.  She currently serves on the board of Whiterock Conservancy founded by her family.   She has a long career in civic engagement on behalf of agriculture, the environment, rural development and civil liberties.

  • Daniel Jacobi

    Mr. Jacobi spent much of his career at DuPont Pioneer, during which he served as Corporate and then General Counsel for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., then as Associate General Counsel for DuPont Ag & Nutrition, and finally, as Pioneers Vice President for Asia, Europe, and Africa.  Dan received his undergraduate and Law degrees from Drake University, where he now serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.  Dan remains committed to the idea that modern agricultural technologies, including biotechnology, are the keys to improved global health and nutrition, political stability, and environmental sustainability.  He continues to closely watch the geo-political developments in regions such as Europe, China, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he still has friends and former Pioneer colleagues.

  • Katherine Riley Harrington

    Mrs. Riley Harrington is Executive Director of Iowa Community Action Association which serves the 16 Community Action Agencies around the state of Iowa to combat the causes and conditions of poverty.  Katherine has a BA degree from Smith College and an MSHR degree from Loyola University Chicago.  She has served on the boards of Beacon of Life, Des Moines Metro Opera, Board of Trustees Plymouth Congregational Church (Chair) and volunteers her time as a Cub Scout Leader.  Katherine is a former team member of Riley Resource Group (2008-2016) and is a member of the Riley Family Council.

  • Joseph Riley

    Joe Riley is President and COO of Rantizo.  Joe has led several businesses in his career prior to Rantizo, including Iowa Steel Fabrication, FEC Solutions and Corn Oil One, he was also EVP at Feed Energy. Joe earned a BA in Entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas and he is a graduate of University of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business NGLI Program.  Joe has currently sits on the Des Moines Public School’s Animal Science Advisory Board, and has worked with ISU’s AgEI Incubator as an instructor.  Joe and his wife Sarah spend most of their free time wrangling their four sons.

  • Scott Harrington

    Scott Harrington is the Chairman of the Board of Riley Resource Group. RRG is a 35-year-old multigenerational family business in Des Moines, IA. RRG’s core business is Feed Energy, an animal nutrition company specializing in fats and oils. Feed Energy is responsible for feeding over 80 million animals, translating into over 1 billion meals. Before joining Riley Resource Group, Scott was a marketing executive for Red 5 Interactive and Porter Novelli. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife Katherine and two children, as well as fly-fishing and photography.

  • Nadilia Gomez

    Nadilia Gomez is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Digital and Precision Agriculture Bioscience Platform at Iowa State University. As CTO, Gomez works closely with research teams at ISU to identify ag technologies with commercial potential. Gomez most recently served as executive director for the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. For the decade prior to that, she served in a variety of roles in digital ag innovation and commercialization for DuPont-Pioneer and Corteva Agriscience, including managing a portfolio of research initiatives in digital innovation and training scientists on principles of innovation-driven entrepreneurship. Gomez is a graduate and mentor of the Community Connect program of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She served on the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and currently serves on the board of ViClarity, the Whiterock Conservancy, and the Ivy Women of Business Council.