San Joaquin Valley Representative
Daniel O’Connell came to American Farmland Trust in 2012 from the Sequoia Riverlands Trust, where he launched the organization’s farmland conservation program and later served as their associate director.
A native of Southern California, O’Connell is based in Tulare County. His duties include collaborating with public officials, farmers and residents to implement strategies that protect farmland; raising public awareness of the economic importance of agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley; and emphasizing the significance of the region’s agriculture to national food security.
Daniel has a broad base of experience working with farmers. As a Peace Corps volunteer, he worked with subsistence farmers in Africa to improve agricultural practices and quality of life. He later worked with University of California Cooperative Extension in rural, agricultural communities of Yolo County. Recently, he facilitated the completion of the first agricultural conservation easements with farmers in the four-county region of the southern San Joaquin Valley.
O’Connell has a master of science in international agricultural development from U.C. Davis and a doctoral degree in education from Cornell University.
17180 Avenue 296
Visalia, CA 93292