Craig McNamara is the president and owner of Sierra Orchards, a diversified farming operation primarily producing organic walnuts. He is focused on connecting people, policy, and best sustainable agricultural practices, with the integrated aims of conserving key agricultural lands, promoting social justice, and supporting the next generation of farmers. These interests led him to found the Center for Land-Based Learning, an innovative program that helps high school students build greater social and human capital in their communities.
Mr. McNamara is also president of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, and sits on the University of California President’s Advisory Commission and the UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council. He is an advisory board member of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and active in the American Farmland Trust, Roots of Change, and the Public Policy Institute of California. He is the recipient of several awards including California Agriculturalist of the Year 2014, James Irvine Leadership Award, Leopold Conservation Award, the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, and the UC Davis Award of Distinction and Outstanding Alumnus Award.