Our Team

Our Staff

Charlotte Mitchell

Charlotte Mitchell

Executive Director

“CFT protects the most valuable farmland so that we can continue to feed and clothe ourselves.”

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Chelsea Molina

Chelsea Molina

Conservation Director

“CFT brings together folks, really anyone who has a connection to landscapes, which is everyone, with a common goal of protecting California’s prime farmland to continue to grow food, fiber and foliage for people and communities everywhere.”

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Katie Otto

Katie Otto

Development and Operations Director

“CFT brings together a diverse cross section of the public, landowners, and partners who make farmland conservation a priority. This effort is about sharing, storytelling and building relationships so agriculture will continue to thrive throughout California.”

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Aundriea Montzingo

Aundriea Montzingo

Program Associate

“A farm is more than land and crops, it’s a family’s heritage and future.”

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Our Board of Directors

Jon Harvey

Jon Harvey

President

“We are in this for the long haul.”

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Patrick Johnston

Patrick Johnston

Vice President

“Land conservation is a critical ingredient in ensuring agricultural viability in our future.”

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Maxwell Norton

Maxwell Norton

Secretary

“We help landowners achieve their goals of preserving their farming legacy.”

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Ken Oneto

Ken Oneto

Treasurer

“We are helping to keep agriculture viable.”

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Ron Freitas

Ron Freitas

Immediate Past President

“My great grandchildren are able to enjoy a meal of food and drink a toast of wine produced here in the Central Valley, thanks to the foresight of the supporters and Board members of the California Farmland Trust.”

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Ron Dolinsek

Ron Dolinsek

Director

“The California Farmland Trust is diligent and highly effective in preserving prime farmland in the area we serve and enjoys an excellent reputation for its commitment and service to agriculture. We are good at what we do!”

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Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith

Director

“California farmland is a critical and necessary element in feeding our growing population, ensuring nutritional diversity and avoiding over-reliance on fuel input base mono crops to feed ourselves.”

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Larry Ruhstaller

Larry Ruhstaller

Director

“We all need to eat; California feeds the world because of our wonderful soil and farmers.”

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Sam Zanutto

Sam Zanutto

Director

“It’s hard to imagine a more fulfilling and rewarding industry and lifestyle.”

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Denny Jackman

Denny Jackman

Director

“We provide tools so that farmers may commit their land to food production in perpetuity, under the laws of the State of California, and the USA.”

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Jim Jorgensen

Jim Jorgensen

Director

“Give of yourself to make the world better.”

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Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

Director

“We are working to make sure agriculture is a part of everyone’s future.”

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Ryan Jacobsen

Ryan Jacobsen

Director

“Our state’s farmland is more than just dirt. When combined with California’s water, sunshine and people, it feeds millions upon millions of families every single day. It’s a national resource worth promoting and protecting.”

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Theresa Kiehn

Theresa Kiehn

Director

“I had the unique privilege of working with the founders of the California Farmland Trust when I first began my career.  Their dedication, passion and drive left a huge impression on my life, which encouraged me to incorporate the principals of farmland conservation into my choices as a member of our agricultural community.  I am honored to be joining the California Farmland Trust in an official capacity and doing my part to ensure the legacy of California agriculture continues into perpetuity.”

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Our Trustee Council

Emily Rooney

Emily Rooney

Trustee

“Land conservation programs are a necessary tool for many farm families, but only work if they can remain working lands, which is the mission of this group.”

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Paul Wenger

Paul Wenger

Trustee

“Providing food and farm products for an increasing world population in the most sustainable fashion, requires the protection of the most productive farmland with the greatest potential for producing a cornucopia of diverse food crops.”

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Ed Nishio

Ed Nishio

Trustee

“Good farmland is a finite resource that must be protected and conserved.”

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George Gomes

George Gomes

Trustee

“If you like to eat, CFT should be your BFF”

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ANN VENEMAN

ANN VENEMAN

Trustee

“Growing up on a peach farm in Modesto was the start of my interest in agriculture. Personally, and professionally I have a strong interest in the importance of agriculture and farmland. Farmland protection programs benefit farms, consumers and communities.”

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Becca Whitman

Becca Whitman

Trustee

“So much of our health and happiness is based on the food we eat, and it’s incredibly important to me and Raley’s that we grow healthy communities in partnership with our farmers.”

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Jennifer Beretta

Jennifer Beretta

Trustee

“I look forward to creating a better partnership between CFT and YF&R and learning more about conservation opportunities for agriculture.”

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Mia Arisman

Mia Arisman

Trustee

“I’m excited for my role promoting the conservation and protection of California agriculture to my peers and learning how to make this diverse industry better for future generations.”

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