Dr. Ann Thrupp

Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute

Ann Thrupp is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Food Institute, at the University of California Berkeley, which is aimed to develop and strengthen 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 also coordinated grower relations and assisted growers in the transition to organic and sustainable practices. She regularly gives presentations at conferences and seminars in the US and abroad for a range of diverse audiences.

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. Ann also has many years of experience in international agriculture agroecology, natural resource management, sustainable development, and food security. 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 also worked as a consultant for various organizations, companies and research projects.

She has a PhD and MA in Development Studies from Sussex University (Marshall Scholarship) and a BA in Human Biology and Latin American Studies from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa), and speaks Spanish fluently. 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, and has served on several boards of non-profit organization and advisory committees for university programs. She is a graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program. Ann is an avid runner and also enjoys roller-blading, hiking, gardening, and creative writing.