LEWISTON, Minn. — Mark Schultz is leaving the Land Stewardship Project as its executive director. A search for a new director will begin in October.
Schultz became executive director in 2017. Prior to that he was the organization’s policy and organizing program director, as well as its associate director. He joined LSP’s staff in 1987.
During Schultz’s tenure as executive director, LSP launched a major soil health program, established a 501(c)(4) political action arm called the Land Stewardship Action Fund, advanced work on racial and gender justice, grew the organization’s membership base, and developed strong relationships with allied groups locally, regionally, and nationally.
Lenz said the organization is in a good position for a leadership transition as a result of a new "Vision for the Future" five-year plan that was released in early September. The plan, the result of input from LSP members, lays out seven strategic initiatives: addressing the agricultural economic crisis; increasing land access for small- and mid-sized farmers; building a functional local and regional food system; advancing solutions to the climate crisis; expanding LSP’s membership base; growing the organization’s work on economic, racial and gender justice; and increasing LSP’s organizational effectiveness by upgrading its internal systems of operation.