Keri L. Jacobs

Position title: Associate Professor of Ag & Applied Economics, MFA Chair in Agribusiness, GICL Distinguished Fellow, University of Missouri

Dr. Keri L. Jacobs is associate professor of agricultural and applied economics at the Missouri and holds the Partridge Chair in Cooperative Leadership.  In 2021, she was named Executive Director of the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL).  In her outreach role, Jacobs partners with cooperatives and their associations to create and deliver director and talent development programs in cooperative governance and finance, and to engage with cooperative boards and leadership in strategic planning.  Through collaboration with industry and key stakeholders, she pursues research that seeks to inform and elevate producers’ opportunities through collective action within their supply chains.

Jacobs was raised on her family’s hog and row crop farm in eastern Iowa and earned her B.A. in economics from Coe College and PhD in agricultural economics from North Carolina State University.