Gretchen Mais serves as the Director of Development & External Relations at American Farmland Trust, the nation's only conservation organization dedicated to saving farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping family farmers on the land. Gretchen leads American Farmland Trust's direct marketing, development operations, stewardship and prospect research efforts. Under her direction the organization has doubled its membership between 2012 and 2015 to 33,000 and counting! Mais' previous work experience includes managing a 400-member, Community Supported Agriculture 10-farmer cooperative and serving as Director of Marketing and Sales for Granite Creek Vineyards LLC in Chino Valley, Arizona. She earned a B.A. with a double major in sustainable agriculture and interdisciplinary arts and letters from Prescott College and an M.A. in social and environmental values in food consumption, also from Prescott College.