Ann SorensenSenior Research Advisor
Ann oversees AFT’s research division and plays a lead role with AFT’s comprehensive national mapping project “Farms Under Threat.” While at AFT, she has managed numerous agricultural policy and applied research projects. Ann’s research has played a key role in developing four farm bills, analyzing the fiscal impacts of sprawl, and fostering private markets for the environmental benefits produced by farmland. Ann has directed many USDA and EPA grants and contracts and secured the participation of more than 700 researchers and practitioners in workshops, conferences, and advisory committees. She has more than 70 refereed research publications and served on the EPA’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Doctorate in entomology from the University of California at Berkeley. Just recently, SWCS Board of Directors named Ann as the 2022 recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award.