Deaton Institute Leadership

Drs. Brady and Anne Deaton 

Drs. Brady and Anne Deaton founded the Deaton Institute in 2013 with the aim of eliminating extreme poverty and food insecurity globally.

Dr. Brady Deaton served as  Chancellor of the University of Missouri from 2004 through 2013, after coming to Missouri in 1989 as Department Chair of Agricultural Economics. He also served as Deputy Chancellor and Provost at MU. As an agricultural economist, he engaged in research in Asia, several African countries, and in Haiti and other Caribbean countries. He received five Honorary degrees from universities in Thailand, Korea, India, and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Deaton was appointed by President Obama to Chair of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), 2011-2016, and continues to serve as a member. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from Wisconsin.

Dr. Anne Deaton is the Founder and President of Children’s Grove, a Columbia non-profit that promotes kindness in youth and the community. Dr. Anne Deaton’s professional career in higher education and state government has focused on special needs populations including the elderly and persons who are cognitively and physically challenged.  Her work in community development, with a focus on poverty and hunger, began during her college years when she engaged in volunteer service in the US and abroad. She has had extensive experience in mentoring and in founding and supporting a wide variety of volunteer programs that raise the quality of community life, serve people in need, and promote international friendships.  She is the mother of four and grandmother of seven.


Director of Strategic Partnerships | Deaton Institute
Holly Enowski 

Holly Enowski is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Deaton Institute, focused on facilitating the expansion of the DSP model to other institutions and building Institute capacity to drive greater impact for global food security. As a 2019-2020 Deaton Scholars Program Director and one of the founders of the program, she has a deep institutional knowledge to assist institutions that seek to replicate our interdisciplinary engagement framework.

Holly is a May 2020 graduate of the University of Missouri where she studied Science and Agricultural Journalism with minors in Agricultural Economics, International Agriculture, and Business. While at MU, Holly served on the executive board for Tiger Pantry for three years and was selected for Mizzou 39. Now, Holly is an MBA candidate at Washington University in St. Louis and owns her own boutique public relations and marketing freelance firm, HJE Social. Holly also works for The Letter Project, an international letter-writing nonprofit, as their Brand Curator and Storyteller. Holly is interested in rural development, women’s empowerment, and social entrepreneurship.


Director of University of Missouri Deaton Scholars Program
Summer LaRose 

Summer LaRose is the Deaton Scholars Program Director for the Deaton Institute and a wildlife biologist at the School of Natural Resources. She earned undergraduate degrees in Wildlife Biology and International Studies at North Carolina State University and an M.S. of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. Summer serves as the Board of Directors President at the Biocultural Conservation Institute. She is interested in international development through the conservation lens, particularly integrating creative wildlife conservation solutions with sustainable agriculture, improved rural livelihoods, and community-based science.