Volunteering at an orphanage in Haiti, Anne first witnessed the devastating effects of long-term extractive agricultural techniques on human and environmental health. In the town where she lived and worked, the soil had degraded so much that many of the people were starving. Since her time in Haiti, Anne has committed herself to a career in food and farm policy, working to change the way food is produced and dedicating herself to soil regeneration.
Matriculating at Duke University, Anne worked tirelessly as an undergraduate to support carbon-friendly farmers and improve the food procurement strategy of Duke Dining. She completed her senior thesis at the Duke Campus Farm, studying the positive impact of biochar on plant productivity, soil health and carbon sequestration.
Anne graduated from Duke in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Moving to Costa Rica, Anne completed a 10-month independent research project with a grant from the Hart Leadership Program. Studying the evolution of local, regional, national and globalized food systems, Anne became even more determined to combat climate change and human malnutrition through regenerative agriculture and reforestation.
Today, Anne lives in Malibu, California, where she works for an environmental nonprofit called Kiss the Ground to work to help both national and international brands and farmers invest in soil health, regenerative agriculture and climate change reversal. Volunteering for TreePeople.org and serving as the town’s elementary school’s gardening director, Anne stays active in local environmental politics and activism as well.
Outside of work, Anne enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, surfing, gardening and all number of other outdoor activities. No matter where she goes, Anne hopes to continue to engage in research, travel, advocacy work and environmental activism.