Mark Edelman, Ph.D. (EE-AGG LLC Board Member, Treasurer) – Mark is an economist with over 34 years of university and related public and private sector experiences involving large and small companies. Mark co-founded the Community Vitality Center at Iowa State University which supports development of rural entrepreneurship and philanthropy programs. He has farmed near his hometown of Sabetha, KS and was an Advisory Member of the Board of Directors for Land O’ Lakes Inc., Arden Hills, MN--a farm coop & Fortune 500 food company, 1985-89. Mark co-founded a family-owned housing development business and multiple companies involved in ethanol. He served 7 years on the Amaizing Energy ethanol company board and has more recently focused his efforts on alternative energy waste conversion technologies for advanced biofuels. Mark is a board member for Midwest Methanol LLC and American Green Gasoline LLC—which he manages. Mark is a board member for Ag Ventures Alliance, a business development coop and rural angel investor network with 1,200 members. Mark is chair of the Iowa Rural Development Council and board chair for two nonprofits that provide microfinance assistance to small business entrepreneurs in Iowa. Previously, Mark served on the City Council in Boone, Iowa and as church administrative board chair. Mark is a member of the statewide advisory committee for Iowa Small Business Development Centers and the advisory committee for Iowa Community Development—an entity that receives and places New Market Tax Credit allocations from the U.S. Treasury. Mark received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue. Mark is a Round Table Member of Farm Foundation NFP, based in Chicago.