Ann Thrupp is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California Berkeley. BFI’s mission is to develop and foster food and agriculture systems that are sustainable, healthy, just, diverse and resilient. This Institute involves collaboration between the School of Natural Resources, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Public Health, Journalism School and Law School at UCB. Previously, from 2003-2013, she was the Manager of Sustainability and Organic Management at Fetzer and Bonterra Vineyards, where she coordinated and led a diversity of initiatives to implement sustainable practices in the winery and vineyards, and developed partnerships and outreach to stakeholders about sustainable business practices. At Fetzer she also worked in grower relations, providing education and technical assistance to growers, and assisted growers and wineries in the transition to organic and sustainable practices. She regularly gives presentations at conferences and seminars in the US and abroad for a broad diversity of audience. 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 Regional office, managing partnerships and grants to support sustainable farming initiatives.
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. She has worked as a consultant for diverse organizations and businesses, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Roots of Change Fund (formerly called Funders Agriculture Working Group), Clif Family Farm, and others.
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.
For a complete curriculum vitae, please click here: cv-thrupp Sep 2013