NLNAC BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Marsha H. Purcell, CAE
Purcell is Director of Program Development for the American Farm Bureau
Federation (AFBF) based in Washington, DC. In that role, she directs
member-focused programs on rural health and safety, women in leadership, and
agricultural promotion and education. She has been responsible for AFBF national
health care conferences where issues affecting accessibility and affordability
of health care in rural areas have been addressed. Prior to her current
position, she served as Managing Director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation
for Agriculture. She has also held positions as director of women’s programs for
the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation and as an extension specialist for the
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
Purcell holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky and she has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.
In addition to her position at the AFBF, she serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Farm-City Council, and she has several volunteer positions in her community. She received a Centennial Laureate Award from the School of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Kentucky 2007, and she has also received the Management Executive Award from the Association Forum of Chicagoland.