Tim FinkFederal Policy Director
Tim develops AFT’s overall policy direction and strategies and coordinates federal and relevant state policy work in close collaboration with AFT’s national initiative leaders, regional directors, and partners. Before joining AFT, Tim was the director of research and policy analysis at the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation, where he advocated for increases in USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, fundraised for the National Academies’ “Science Breakthroughs 2030” project, and led the development of a series of Farm Bill Research Policy Recommendations endorsed by 66 organizations. Prior to that, he was project manager for the 25x’25 Alliance where he led collaborations among government agencies, non-profits, academia, and private industry that involved agricultural adaptation to climate change and rural renewable energy policy. He was also responsible for promoting and tracking developments related to the Farm Bill Energy Title. Tim has extensive experience in politics, including five political campaigns and as a legislative assistant to the chair of the House Energy Committee for Iowa’s General Assembly. Tim holds a master’s degree from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts from Luther College.