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 joined a national network of fresh food distributors to help Southeastern farmers access wholesale markets through food safety training and capacity building. She was promoted to manage the organization’s national supply chain sustainability program overseeing projects in waste diversion, local farm grants, and third-party GAP certifications.
After witnessing firsthand the environmental degradation caused by traditional produce supply chains, she decided to pursue 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 also owns a ranch in Sisters, OR where she’s experienced many of the opportunities and challenges of livestock production and pasture management in the high desert ecosystem. She’s excited to lend her expertise in sustainability and food supply chains to the beginning farmers and ranchers of Central Oregon and growing the scope of HDFFA’s program offerings to further incorporate veterans, agritourism, and public policy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Daisy, touring local breweries, and cheering on her favorite Atlanta sports teams.