Zach Pinto

As the Carbon & Ecosystem Markets Advisor, Zach promotes company strategy and client success by developing and executing services at the intersection of MRV technologies, carbon accounting protocols, and ecosystem markets.

Throughout his career, Zach has focused on carbon issues for stakeholders across the agriculture value chain and in a wide array of commodities. His expertise in farm-level carbon accounting, MRV platform usage, voluntary and compliance market schemes, science-based targets, ESG reporting, and strategic planning allow him to assist industry groups, food and ag companies, and farmers on their sustainability goals.

Zach’s passion for agriculture started at Woods Hole Consortium, where he studied with scientists to evaluate carbon sequestration techniques in row crop systems. Prior to joining AgSpire, Zach managed sustainability services at Pinion Global. There, he advised clients on designing, measuring, and evaluating carbon strategies down to the farm level. Zach also has experience in social impact measurement and social entrepreneurship.

Zach has a BA in Environmental Science from Middlebury College and is an accredited verifier for both dairy and ethanol projects under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the Oregon Clean Fuels Program.

Zach enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors – with a goal to visit all 63 national parks.

Sara Arsenault

Sara Arsenault serves as Senior Director of Client Relations at AgSpire, bringing her keen view of the agriculture industry to current and future client projects.

Prior to joining AgSpire, Sara led the federal policy division for California Farm Bureau (CAFB), where she managed the federal policy team and developed the organization’s federal legislative and regulatory strategies. She also served as the Vice President of the Almond Alliance for a short time thereafter.

Sara also spent nearly five years in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Capitol Hill and at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), representing agriculture leaders from all fifty states and four U.S. territories at the federal level.

Sara is a native of Northern California where she currently resides. She began her academic career at Modesto Junior College and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in animal science and meat science and technology at Texas A&M University.

Christian Lovell

Christian specializes in policy analysis and economic modeling, which inform his strong business sense as he guides AgSpire’s growing program portfolio.

He is a native of West Central Illinois, where he resides and manages his family’s Registered Hereford cattle operation. With a thorough knowledge of production agriculture, Christian works to promote practices that provide greater economic stability for ranchers and positive environmental co-benefits.

Prior to joining AgSpire, Christian worked in federal agriculture policy in Washington D.C. for almost a decade. Most recently, he was Legislative Director at the bipartisan National Governors Association. Previously, he served as a Congressional aide to U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, and in consulting positions for Informa Agribusiness Consulting and The World Bank Group.

Christian has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in agriculture economics, with a focus on policy and economic analysis.

Derek Ver Helst

Derek is passionate about conservation and natural ecosystems – a passion he uses to guide his work as Senior Conservation Agronomist at AgSpire. He has a deep respect for mother nature and the symbiosis organisms have with one another in the environment. In his work, Derek seeks to harness these natural relationships for crop production so that environmental impacts can be mitigated while still producing high quality commodities for the growing world’s population.

Prior to joining AgSpire, Derek spent more than 15 years working with landowners and corporations to design, manage, and validate research trials, maximizing short- and long-term crop outputs. Always eager to learn, he is continuously expanding his knowledge of soil health, chemistry, biology, technical advancements in crop production and integrated pest management (IPM).

Derek holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from South Dakota State University and a master’s degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. He is a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the NRCS, and is also a small business owner.

In his spare time, Derek enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, and spending time with his family.

Matthew Delbar

Matthew is experienced in managing and restoring rangeland ecosystems, with a strong commitment to the long-term viability of farming and ranching.

Matthew maintains strong ties to his family’s ranch in California, where they raise cattle, sheep, hay, and timber. As the sixth generation in his family working that land, Matthew realized the importance of ecosystem health for the longevity of the operation.

Prior to joining AgSpire, he was a rangeland management specialist at USDA-NRCS Field Office in California. This experience gave him a broad knowledge of various rangelands and ecosystems, as well as a deep understanding of government conservation programs.

Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in rangeland conservation and agricultural economics from the University of Idaho. He also holds NEPA and Wildland Restoration certifications.

He spends his spare time outdoors, riding horses, and woodworking. 

Dale Strickler

Helping farmers and ranchers isn’t just Dale’s work – it’s his passion. With more than 30 years of experience in agronomy, pasture management, and soil and crop advising, Dale brings an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge to AgSpire and our partners.

That experience began on his family’s farm and ranch in Kansas – and has since reached numerous operations around the country. With a keen curiosity to find innovative solutions, combined with a thorough understanding of the realities of modern production agriculture, Dale is especially adept in developing highly effective grazing systems in challenging climates and soil types

Dale is an experienced speaker, delivering keynotes and trainings around the world. He has also authored three books, including The Drought Resilient Farm, Managing Pasture, and The Complete Guide to Restoring Your Soil, which was named a top ten farming book for 2021 by Modern Farmer.

Dale holds both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Crop Science, both from Kansas State University.

As a life-long learner and information hound, Dale enjoys reading in his spare time, as well as spending time in the great outdoors.

Julia Andrus

Julia drives AgSpire’s creative strategy with a mission to inform and inspire audiences around

That mission is rooted in her family’s row crop farm in the Texas Panhandle, where she currently resides. Julia seeks to share the tenacious spirit of rural America, along with the positive land use changes that will help farms and ranches thrive for generations to come.

With a background in advocacy communications and cause marketing, Julia has experience connecting diverse audiences around shared values to spur collaboration and action. She has used these strengths to advance education policy, international development, and sustainable agriculture.

Julia is  pursuing a master’s degree in international agriculture from Oklahoma State University to complement her master’s degree in corporate and non-profit communication from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University. She also has a professional certificate in Sustainable Capitalism & ESG from Berkeley Law Executive Education.

Julia is a coffee enthusiast, avid gardener, and adventurous cook, always looking to enjoy new foods and cuisines.


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Vivian Georgalas

Vivian leads AgSpire’s program operations, with a strong focus on achieving tangible outcomes and delivering meaningful results.

Growing up on a farm in Norway, Vivian knows the intricacies of working with the land and the vast opportunities for producers, the environment, and society at large. This spurred an interest in sustainable development that has guided her education and career since.

Prior to joining AgSpire as our inaugural hire, Vivian worked in sales at two indoor vertical farming startups, before moving into economic development for the State of Wyoming in an entrepreneurial ecosystem development role.

With a bachelor’s degree in Renewable Energy from the University of Life Sciences in Norway, she then moved to Wyoming to pursue her MBA in Energy Management at the University of Wyoming.

While she is always looking for an excuse to be outdoors, Vivian also enjoys traveling and reading.