Dawn Thilmany is a Professor of Agribusiness and Extension Economist with Colorado State University and became the Associate Director for CSU’s Office of Community and Economic Development in 2019. She specializes in rural economic development and focuses on opportunities related to value-added food market supply chains, as well as applied research on food market analysis and consumer behavior. Her work on agricultural diversification also includes work with agritourism in Colorado and the Western US. She has held several leadership positions with national Ag, Applied and Regional Economic associations and collaborated with several USDA agencies. Dawn was recently named CSU Nutrien Distinguished Scholar of Agricultural Sciences.