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Edward Romero

Edward Romero, Ph.D.

Founder & Manager

Edward has over 18 years of experience in academia and business (financial services), dealing primarily in agriculture with an emphasis in agricultural literacy/outreach, minority student recruitment, retention, diversity, and student development. As a first-generation college graduate from his family, he is a student advocate who enjoys helping students. He is especially passionate about assisting first-generation students new to post-secondary education and agriculture. He draws from his varied life experiences from growing up in and around agriculture his entire life and uses his knowledge and experience to help students in making the college transition as seamless as possible.

Prior to starting AgForLife®, LLC in 2009, he held several positions within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University as founding Director of the Office of Student Diversity and Assistant Dean in the College. During his tenure at Texas A&M University, both Hispanic and African American undergraduate students increased 70 percent (250) and 58 percent (64), respectively in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. In his early professional career, he also spent three years recruiting for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. His undergraduate degree is in Agricultural Economics & Agricultural Business. His Master of Arts is in Agricultural and Extension Education, both from New Mexico State University. His PhD is from Texas A&M University.

Eric Brenner

Eric Brenner

Graduate Student

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Eric came to the U.S to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Systems Management at Texas A&M University. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development at Texas A&M University. He has experience working with international student programs, and international development organizations. His current areas of interest are agriculture development, sustainable agriculture systems, and assessment and improvement of agricultural projects through policy development, anti-corruption systems, and technology and innovation practices in developing countries. He is currently employed with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture in the Office of Foreign Operations.

Pablo Ramirez

Pablo Ramirez

Co-developer, AgForLife Map

Pablo received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in Colombia, South America and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has a Master of Agribusiness from Texas A&M University. He has international experience in agribusiness and sustainable agriculture in the US, Central and South America. His current areas of interest are sustainability standards in agricultural supply chains and quantitative evaluation of global responsibility programs. Pablo is originally from Medellin, Colombia and is currently the ethical sourcing manager for agricultural non-coffee products for the largest specialty coffee retailer in the world.