Jack Waite

Individual Engagement Officer

Jack is the Individual Engagement Officer for the Development Team at the Sustainable Food Center and is a former farmer and long-time fundraiser. His decision to start a farm started after seeing the positive impact healthy, local, and seasonal food had on his family’s life while living two years in Rome, Italy. In 2011 he founded and built Agua Dulce Farm in Austin, a climate-adaptive aquaponic operation, and after five productive years sold the business. He was then recruited to advocate the Texas Legislature and US Congress for Feeding Texas, the state’s food bank network, and maintains strong connections with the food policy network in Austin.

Throughout his career with nonprofits, Jack has excelled at fundraising and management. He helped found The American Institute for Roman Culture in 2002 and Urban Organics in 2011 and continues to advise both groups to this day.

Jack received his BA from UT Austin and a Master’s degree Public Affairs from the LBJ School, where he was a research fellow at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and received a Portfolio Certificate in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Studies.

Jack spends much of his time sourcing and cooking local fresh food for his family and loves to travel the world whenever possible.