As an Atlanta native, Annie grew up surrounded by a vibrant local food scene that fostered her passion for the environment, community, and sustainable agriculture. After receiving her BA in Environmental Science from Emory University, she worked with a national network of fresh food distributors to improve their sustainability efforts and increase local sourcing. She went back to school and received an MS in Sustainability Management at Columbia University where she gained a special interest in utilizing agriculture and local food systems to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Her family owns a ranch in Sisters, OR and she’s excited to be working with Central Oregon producers to help address many of the challenges of farming in a high desert ecosystem. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and bird watching with her dog, Daisy, touring local breweries, and floating down the Deschutes.