Louise Snodgrass is a home-grown South Dakotan dedicated to public service and advocacy. Her conservation and disaster-recovery work with AmeriCorps taught her about community resilience and how to intersect her passions with meaningful change. Louise manages the Brookings Farmers Market, serves as the board president of the Dakota Community Market Food Co-op, and operates an agri-tourism farm. She spearheads community-led initiatives such as Brookings’ first Pride Festival and community trash clean-ups. The Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Louise to participate in their 2020 leadership course.
As a working-class farmer, Louise shares many of the same needs her neighbors face. She hopes to create legislation that works for everyone, regardless of their background and economic class. Her commitment to everyday South Dakotans includes striving for economic justice, sustainable agriculture practices, and upholding and protecting human rights so that everyone feels proud to call this state their home.
Like farming, growing a healthy and strong community requires intentional care and anticipating future needs rather than hastily responding to issues after they come up. South Dakotans deserve leadership that champions progressive policy-making, commits to community outreach and growth, and cultivates a lasting sustainable future for all.