Leadership Team

Staff

Drew Calvert

Executive Director

After starting her career at PriceWaterhouse Consulting, Drew has touched many aspects of marketing and communications within the food industry in the past 20 years. She worked in brand marketing with PBS chef Martin Yan and was involved with two television series as a culinary producer, developing restaurant concepts and events. She has held marketing positions at Whole Foods Market, a leadership role at the natural foods PR firm Fresh Ideas Group, and worked in sales for the wine industry. Through all these experiences, Drew brings a comprehensive expertise of retail and food service marketing to the Niman Ranch team. She is committed to ensuring farmers in rural communities have options to continue farming traditionally.

Jeff Tripician

Treasurer

Jeff “Trip” Tripician joined Niman Ranch in 2006. He has since been the steward of growing the brand to a national industry leader by expanding distribution channels and geographies. Under his direction, the company has more than tripled in size while maintaining its core values and mission. He was instrumental in growing the contributor base for the scholarship. He is passionate about helping the family farmer thrive in rural communities.

Jill Bookman

Administrator

After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2017, Jill knew she wanted to work for a company whose ideals aligned with hers and soon began working for Niman Ranch. Shortly after starting, she heard about the Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship and was immediately interested in helping launch the Niman Ranch Next Generation Foundation. Armed with the passion to help students further their educations and the perspective of a recent graduate she will help the foundation thrive.

Board Of Directors

Paul Willis

Niman Ranch Founding Hog Farmer

Paul Willis is a 5th generation hog farmer who owned and operated the Willis Free Range Pig Farm for over 41 years. He established the Niman Ranch Pork Company in 1998, which has since grown into a network of over 600 independent family hog farmers. Today he works hard to increase opportunities for family farmers across the country while representing the Niman Ranch network. He also serves on the board for Global Animal Partnership and Edible Communities.

Tracey Ryder

Co-Founder, Edible Communities, Inc.

Tracey Ryder co-founded Edible Communities, Inc., the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement, in 2002, with partner, Carole Topalian. The company currently publishes 85 titles across North America. The content for each publication is region-specific and focuses on the farmers, fishermen, ranchers, chefs and food artisans from each area. Ms. Ryder has worked as a journalist, marketer and graphic designer for the culinary, tourism and agriculture industries for nearly 30 years. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events in the culinary and publishing fields. The company’s first book, “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods,” was published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2010 and in 2011, Edible Communities won the Publication of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation.

Jeff Tripician

General Manager, Niman Ranch, Inc.

Jeff “Trip” Tripician joined Niman Ranch in 2006. He has since been the steward of growing the brand to a national industry leader by expanding distribution channels and geographies. Under his direction, the company has more than tripled in size while maintaining its core values and mission. He was instrumental in growing the contributor base for the scholarship. He is passionate about helping the family farmer thrive in rural communities.