Sheree Goertzen

Research Analyst & Funding Development Specialist


In addition to conducting research and writing for New Venture Advisors, Sheree is a grant writing and development strategy specialist for nonprofits. She spent over 12 years providing public social services to youth and families and coordinating community development projects. She built partnerships between government, nonprofit and private sectors to bring investment to an under-resourced neighborhood.

Sheree grew up on a large farm in Nebraska where her family are fourth generation farmers. She has a M.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Nebraska-Omaha School of Public Administration.


 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)