Jonathan Coppess is a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Policy in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Previously, he served as Chief Counsel of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. Prior to joining the Ag Committee, he was Administrator of the Farm Service Agency at USDA. Before being appointed at USDA, Jonathan was a Legislative Assistant for Senator Ben Nelson. Jonathan grew up on his family's corn and soybean farm in Western Ohio and practiced law in Chicago before moving to Washington to work on agriculture policy. He earned his Bachelor's from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.