Michael Reilly

Michael Reilly is co-founder and executive director of Virginia Foodshed Capital, a non-profit whose mission is to provide financial stewardship for small-to-mid-scale organically run farms and food enterprises in the local foodshed, including both urban and rural areas. It does so through a 0% loan program called SOIL and through financial training. The organization began in 2018 as a Slow Money program in the Richmond/Charlottesville area but expanded statewide in 2019.  Michael started his career in banking and then worked for 15 years as an executive in the broadcast TV business before turning his attention to entrepreneurship and local food advocacy. Michael has served on the board of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming since early 2019. He is also on the board of Grow Ahead, a nonprofit that teams up with farmer organizations in the Global South to support climate resiliency initiatives through crowdfunding. Michael also serves on the board of Market Central, which helps run the Charlottesville farmers markets. He is on the planning team for the Charlottesville Food Justice Network, and he serves on the steering committee for Virginia Interfaith Power & Light, a collaborative of faith communities dedicated to advancing climate justice throughout the state. Michael earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University, and a master’s degree from Columbia University. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and four children.

Website: https://foodcap.org/