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Serena Unger
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senior policy associate for california

Serena Unger joined American Farmland Trust to work on the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Foodshed Project, and to contribute the the promotion of smart growth and farmland preservation in the San Joaquin Valley. She cites the Planning for Agriculture guides for playing a critical role in demonstrating that local agriculture, like any industry, needs vision, a road map, and policies to support it.

Unger’s core expertise is in city and regional planning. She provided economic development strategic planning support for cities and counties as a consultant at Bay Area Economics, and co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Food Plan for then, Mayor Jerry Brown’s Office of Sustainability. Earlier, she worked for a pioneering agricultural land trust housed at RSF Social Finance where she administered innovative leases for tenant farmers and conservation easements.

She earned an M.C.P. in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley and a B.A. in Russian studies and political science from Wheaton College.

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