Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun


Born and raised in Chicago, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun’s interest in agricultural practices began as a child while spending summers on her great-grandmother’s pecan farm in Union Springs, Ala. There she learned what she would later recognize as Biodynamic agriculture — a way of farming in close harmony and connection with the natural environment. Her great-grandmother taught her many things about the land, including the herbal remedies that could be made from the plants they collected in the nearby woods. She also taught her to see the land as a source of bounty, vitality and good health.

Ambassador Braun ultimately pursued a career path that fulfilled her desire for public service, and she devoted much of her professional life to legal issues concerning the environment and social justice. Hailing from a largely agricultural state, she became involved in agriculture policy during her term as a United States Senator. She earned the distinction of “Ethanol Queen” by Illinois farmers in recognition of her renewable fuel efforts. Working towards improved food safety, health and nutrition were also priorities for Ambassador Braun during her years in the legislature.

Transitioning to the private sector in 2001 after nearly 30 years in public service, Ambassador Braun relished the opportunity to go back to the farm and reclaim her agricultural roots. She was introduced to the Michael Fields Institute in East Troy, Wis., where her path to the organic products industry started with an initiation into Biodynamic agriculture. Harkening back to her summers in Alabama, Ambassador Braun became a strong advocate for this holistic agricultural system. She realized her commitment to a healthier environment and better quality food production would be best expressed through entering the Biodynamic and organic products industry realm.

In 2005, she founded Good Food Organics™, a premium, Certified USDA Organic and Biodynamic products company. The Ambassador brand is part of Ambassador Braun’s Good Food Organics™ holding company, which follows the triple-bottom-line business approach of financial profitability, environmental sustainability and social ethics.

Ambassador Braun received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1969, and a law degree in 1972 for the University of Chicago. She is a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. She has served her country as Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, United States Senator from Illinois, Cook County Executive Officer, Illinois State Representative and United States Attorney.

Her work earned her the Attorney General’s Special Achievement award and more than 200 additional awards and 11 honorary degrees for achievements in the public interest. The public school, Carol Moseley Braun Elementary, in Calumet City, Ill., was named after her in 2001. The school team name is the Ambassadors.

The first permanent female member of the Senate Finance Committee, Ambassador Braun advocated for retirement security and health care support for working men and women. She proposed the first modern federal school construction legislation, and the first women’s pension equity laws. She sponsored Ethanol and Environmental Justice legislation, historic preservation of the underground railroad, and the first federal support of Lupus research. She was a co-sponsor of a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment. Her legislative record reflects a commitment to social justice and fiscal prudence.

Ambassador Braun serves on the advisory boards for the Chicago-based Healthy Foods Campaign and the National Organization for Women (NOW) and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, the Chicago Network and the International Women’s Association. Her public service continues with Good Food Organics™.

Board of Directors

Matthew Braun

Matthew Braun is an analyst for Capri Capital Partners Financial, a commercial real estate finance firm. An engineering graduate of Washington University (B.S., 1999), he received his advanced degree in computer engineering from the University of Chicago in 2005.

Joan Levin

J.D, University of Chicago, 1972
M.P.H, Johns Hopkins, 1978

Joan raised her family on organic food decades before it entered the mainstream and much of her work as a lawyer was involved with health and environmental issues. Today she considers food quality not only a matter of personal choice, but an important determinant of public health and environmental quality that the private sector must address.

Brian (BG) Courtney

BG Courtney earned an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Masters of Science in electrical engineering from National Technological University. He has worked as an RF design engineer for Motorola, Inc., where he designed radio amplifiers used by police, fire and EMS organizations. After completing his MBA, Courtney pursued an entrepreneurial venture in the natural products industry with Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. Together they formed Good Food Organics™, a company committed to delivering the highest quality organic products available. BG is currently a quality assurance manager with Forsythe Solutions Group.

Lloyd E. Wright

Lloyd Wright is a retired U.S. Dept. of Agriculture employee who grew up on a family owned soybean, corn and wheat farm in southeast Virginia. During his 37 years of employment with USDA, he served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights at National Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, he was Director of the Conservation Operations Division in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He also served as Director of the Community Assistance Resource Development Division and the Watershed Protection Division in NRCS, among many other positions. He is the principal author of the USDA Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) System. He has also provided national leadership in NRCS on urban conservation programs to include the erosion control in urban areas, urban water quality, urban flood plain and wetland protection. In addition, he has worked with both China and South Africa providing assistance on land use planning, farmland protection, and land evaluation and site assessment. Wright is a member of the Soil Conservation Society of America and the American Planning Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Virginia State University, and a Masters of Science in Human Resources Management from State University of New York at Binghamton. Wright has received the USDA Superior Service Award twice and has received numerous other awards from USDA and other organizations. Retired from USDA, he continues to farm.