Greg Holmes, Food Systems Program Director & Southern Oregon Advocate

Greg joined 1000 Friends in 2002 as the Southern Oregon Advocate and has worked on urban and rural issues in the six counties in the southwest corner of the state since then. In 2015 he also took on the statewide Food Systems Program, and works with farmers and other partners to build equitable and sustainable food systems throughout Oregon. He is based in our Grants Pass office.

He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Greg spent more than 15 years in the energy policy field, including ratepayer advocacy and helping clients identify energy efficiency investment strategies. He has also done transportation advocacy work and has served as a board member or consultant to several nonprofit organizations. He currently holds leadership roles in the Rogue Valley Food System Network and the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

Greg’s favorite places in Oregon range from the south coast to the high desert. Favorite places outside of Oregon include southern Spain. Most of his activities away from work tend to involve growing, cooking, or eating food. He has also been known to be found riding a bicycle.