Ann Thrupp, Executive Director

loriL. Ann Thrupp is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, which is aimed to catalyze and support the transformation of food and agriculture systems, to promote sustainability, justice, diversity, resilience, and health. Ann has extensive experience in sustainable and organic agriculture and food systems, in the United States and internationally. For over 25 years, she has been a pioneer in this field—i.e., actively involved in pursuing sustainability in agricultural development and agroecology through research, education, public service, and in farming business—long before the topic became popular. She has held leadership positions in non-profit organizations, government, academia, and as a practitioner and educator in sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and environmental/food justice.

Before beginning her current position at the Berkeley Food Institute, Ann was Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards (2003-13). Ann also served as the Managing Director and consultant for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) in 2005-2007. During 1999-2002, Ann worked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Agriculture Initiative in the Western Region office, managing grants to support sustainable farming initiatives. From 1990-1998, she was Director of Sustainable Agriculture at World Resources Institute, working on projects in Latin America and other regions of the world. She has also worked as a consultant for various organizations and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley, at the Energy and Resources Group.

Ann has a PhD and MA from Sussex University (with Marshall and Fullbright Scholarships) and a BA in Human Biology and Latin American Studies from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), and is fluent in Spanish. Ann has over 70 publications, and served on a Scientific Advisory Committee of the CA Department of Food and Agriculture, and on two committees of the National Academy of Science. She has also served on several boards of non-profit organizations and advisory committees for university programs and is a graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. She regularly gives presentations at conferences and seminars in the US and abroad for diverse audiences. Ann is an avid runner (and was an All American Cross Country runner at Stanford University) and also enjoys roller-blading, hiking, gardening, and creative writing in her “free” time.

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