Ann Thrupp is Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer and Bontera Vineyards, where she has worked since 2003. In this capacity, she provides technical assistance and information and organizes educational events about organic and sustainable farming practices for growers, wineries, government agencies, the food/beverage industry, and the public. She also develops partnerships with diverse stakeholders and facilitates communication and development of sustainable business practices.
Ann also does consulting with a diverse range of organizations and businesses on sustainable and organic farming and integration of sustainability in business, foods systems, and natural resource management and policy issues. One of her main consulting clients is the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, an award-winning non-profit organization, where she formerly served as Managing Director.
For over 20 years, Ann has worked in agriculture, natural resource management, environmental/agriculture policy and sustainable business. She has spoken at dozens of conferences in the U.S. and abroad for a wide diversity of audiences, and has experience in leadership, management, teaching, research, event organizing, as well as grant/budget management. Previously, Ann worked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Agriculture Initiative in the Western Regional office, managing partnerships and grants to support sustainable farming. She has worked as a consultant for Robert Mondavi Winery, Roots of Change Fund (formerly called Funders Agriculture Working Group), and other organizations.
Ann has many years of experience in international agriculture and natural resource management. From 1990-1998, she was Director of Sustainable Agriculture at World Resources Institute, working on projects in Latin American and other regions of the world. She has a PhD and MA from Sussex University and a BA from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), and speaks Spanish fluently. Ann has over 70 publications, and has served twice on committees of the National Academy of Science (National Research Council), to co-author books related to sustainable agriculture. She is a graduate of California Agriculture Leadership Program, and a Board Member of Organic Farming Research Foundation, and of the Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission (MWWC).
She’s an avid runner (and former All-American champion 3 times in cross country running) and also enjoys roller-blading, hiking, gardening, and creative writing.