Carlena (Carli) Cochi Ficano, Ph.D., is Professor of Economics and Chair of the Business Administration and Accounting department at Hartwick College where she teaches courses on applied microeconomics and empirical research methods including classes on local food systems taught jointly with faculty from the College's Environment, Society and Sustainability (ESS) and Biology majors both at Hartwick and in Portugal as part of the College's signature January-term program. Her research interest in policy effectiveness across a range of markets includes early work on child care policy and college retention policy. Her current research explores how inequality of land ownership in the US correlates with on and off farm economic outcomes at the county level. Dr. Ficano earned her B.A. in economics and sociology from Lafayette College and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. Initially serving as a CADE board member from 2001 to 2009, Carli rejoined the Board in 2015, assuming the position of Chair in 2017.