After spending more than two decades directing non-profit organizations and working for state government (Director of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Chief Operating Officer, Volunteer Florida), in 2008 Art Johnstone formed Grant Partners with the goal of assisting national associations with the acquisition and management of grant funding.
Art currently serves as President of Grant Partners and works with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) managing three different grant programs (Retail Program Standards, Manufactured Food, and the Milk and Shellfish Grant Programs) that have provided nearly $10 million in grant funding to local, state, tribal, and territorial food safety jurisdictions. He has also worked with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) on grants related to the rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Animal Food Rules.
In addition to his work in grant management, Art has also spent the last ten years teaching adult education courses for the Center of Food Safety and Security and Preparedness (CAFSP, University of Tennessee), the International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI, Kalamazoo, MI), the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT, Louisiana State University), the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, (RDPC, Eastern Kentucky University), and the Western Institute of Food Safety and Security (WIFSS, University of California at Davis).
With an expertise in Food Safety, Food Defense and Instructor Development, Art has been certified to teach more than twenty adult education courses.
A 1988 graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Art earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science Education. He and his wife Carol live in Tallahassee, Florida with their six children.