C.J. Sentell, Ph.D.
C.J. has served as the Executive Director of FORGE since February 2018, after having joined the staff in 2015 as the Central Arkansas Regional Director. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, C.J. has been an entrepreneur from a young age, starting several successful businesses while still in high school. An alumnus of Hendrix College, C.J. holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate of philosophy from Vanderbilt University. After graduate studies, C.J. returned to Arkansas to help found the Grass Roots Farmers’ Cooperative, a project of Heifer USA that helps sustainable livestock farmers across the state build a food system that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable, and socially just. Along with his wife, Jessica, and their two kids, C.J. also runs a grass-fed cattle operation on their farm in the Ozark Mountains.