FARMS Leadership Director, Stephanie Etcheverria's first experience with FARMS Leadership was as a high school student who participated in the program. It was in one of the groups she was involved in that encouraged her to pursue a career in agriculture. Since then, Stephanie graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a double major in Agribusiness and Wine and Viticulture. After college, she worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and was promoted to branch manager before making the move to work in agriculture.
Before joining the Center for Land-Based Learning team, Stephanie was a Program Coordinator for California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, where she managed a wide variety of programs, from the state-wide writing contest Imagine this... for 8,000 students to the annual Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. She also coordinated and hosted exhibits at state, regional, and county conferences to promote the benefits of teaching agriculture to students.
Stephanie is a recent graduate of the California Agriculture Leadership Program, Class 43. During the 16-month program, she was a co-chair for their class project; a career fair for middle and high school students in the San Francisco Region. There were 350 students and 21 agriculture representatives in attendance at the event. For many students it was their first encounter with farmers and professionals in the agriculture industry. They left the event with new knowledge of the many career opportunities in agriculture. Through Ag Leadership, Stephanie became involved in the Common Threads North committee that recognizes women in Northern California for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.
Community involvement is important to Stephanie. She has been a member of the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento #1032 since 2009. She has co-chaired the Monte Carlo Fundraising event and been active on many other committees. Stephanie also enjoys running and in 2011 she completed the California International Marathon and hopes to run it again this year.
Stephanie enjoys sharing agricultural experiences with students and teachers as they discover the diversity of agriculture production and career opportunities and is excited to join the Center for Land-Based Learning and FARMS Leadership Program!