Keystone Policy Center Update

Dear Friends of Keystone Policy Center,

If 2017 was a year of achievement for Keystone Policy Center, we have embraced 2018 as the year to take the organization’s work to new heights and to new audiences.

We recently launched our Keynotes blog to showcase the ideas behind Keystone’s innovative and collaborative work. We also have rethought and relaunched new programmatic areas, including Emerging Genetic Technologies; Energy, Environment, and Climate; Agriculture and Food; and Health Policy and Public Health. These refocused program areas will enhance and expand Keystone’s work to inspire leaders to embrace and engage on tough, but solvable, policy challenges.

Keystone also is expanding its staff and board to help us in these endeavors. In addition to Berrick Abramson, who Keystone recently hired to lead the Education team, we also recently brought on board Franklin Holley, an experienced and thoughtful leader in agricultural and conservation policy dialogues.

Our founder, Bob Craig, always dared us to challenge ourselves and to take risks. Although this is a new approach for Keystone, I am confident it will help this venerable organization continue to lead the dialogue around actionable solutions and to continue to inspire others join us in seeking common higher ground.

Thank you for your continued support.


Christine M. Scanlan
President and CEO

Keystone’s Work

Guiding the Way
Keystone, through its work with the Next 100 Coalition and community partners, led a series of critical discussion and workshops around the 2018 Outdoor Retailers Show in Denver. Through a series of social events and discussions, Keystone team members facilitated, advised, and contributed to a range of activities around inclusivity and diversity in public lands policy and the role outdoor recreation can play in improving health.

Keynotes Blog
Keystone Policy Center has worked for more than four decades to inspire leaders to rise above entrenched positions to reach common higher ground. It’s our mission and the idea that enlivens much of our work, but it’s not the whole story. That’s why Keystone recently launched a new blog, Keynotes.

Keynotes will explore the issues, ideas, and people behind Keystone’s mission, history, and work. The blog will bring to the fore the perspectives of Keystone’s leaders, Board of Trustees, and other team members.

Check out our recent posts at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for all of the latest Keynotes posts.

Keystone’s Leadership

CNN highlighted the expertise of Keystone Trustee and March of Dimes Chief Medical Officer Paul Jarris in its coverage of infant mortality rates across the United States.

The Star-Tribune profiled the recent efforts of Keystone’s partners at General Mills, The Nature Conservancy, and other organizations in its coverage of sustainability trends in food and agriculture. Keystone Board Co-Chair and General Mills’ Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch notes the substantial investments his company is making in soil health: “You’ll see us invest in this for quite a while because it is a very large lever to pull that can move us forward on so many metrics. It’s very rare that you will find one thing that helps you sequester carbon in the soil, improve water quality, improve water retention, improve biodiversity on the landscape, reduce the need for chemical applications, and improve productivity.”

Keystone recently welcomed Franklin Holley as a Senior Policy Director to lead multi-stakeholder food and agriculture initiatives focused on soil health, water quality and scarcity, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and ensuring solutions to these challenges work for agricultural producers, the supply chain, and end-users.

Senior Policy Director Berrick Abramson recently urged education leaders in a guest opinion piece in Colorado Politics to “lead through listening” following the recent turnover in local school board.

Business Wire highlighted the leadership of Pam Strifler, a Keystone Trustee and Vice President, Global Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Monsanto, in helping the company achieve its sustainability goals.