Ashley has been interested in food for as long as she can remember. As a child, her Saturday mornings were spent watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Immediately after college, she began her professional career at Niman Ranch. It was then that she began to understand her true passion for food. During her 11-year tenure at Niman Ranch, she held positions in both sales and marketing and had the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s best chefs. She also worked directly with many of Niman Ranch’s farmers. Through these connections, Ashley observed how intertwined chefs and farmers are to one another and how important those relationships are to the food system.

While our food system becomes increasingly industrialized, Ashley is hopeful that eaters are asking the right questions about how and where their food is produced. She believes it’s more important than ever to educate people about sourcing food locally and sustainably.