Ann Sorensen

Assistant VP, Programs and Director of Research

Ann Sorensen provides academic research that underlies the policy work of American Farmland Trust. Since joining the staff in 1992, the research she oversees has guided work on four Farm Bills and supported numerous other legislative efforts. She previously directed American Farmland Trust's Center for Agriculture in the Environment.

Ann managed a series of assistance agreements with the Environmental Protection Agency to promote adoption of Integrated Pest Management and contributed to Farming on the Edge mapping projects that used geographic information systems analysis to document developmental sprawl. Ann is a member of the team that is designing and implementing a first-of-its-kind interstate water quality trading program aimed at protecting and improving water quality in the Ohio River basin. She also conducted numerous listening sessions to collect farmers' viewpoints for use in improving agricultural policies. She was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee.

Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Doctoral Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining American Farmland Trust, she worked in Integrated Pest Management for the Texas Department of Agriculture and as Assistant Director, Natural Resources Division, for American Farm Bureau.