About Us: People
The Center for Sustainability is a vital auxiliary unit with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). The primary goal of the Center is to assist the college in its goal to prepare leaders in sustainability through education, research, outreach, and through modeling sustainability through its operations.
Hunter Francis, Director
Hunter Francis is director and founder of the Center for Sustainability in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. He holds an M.S. in Agriculture with a specialization in Soil Science from Cal Poly, where he also serves as a part-time lecturer. As part of his master's work, Hunter developed Cal Poly's Organic Agriculture course, the Cal Poly Organic Farm and Sustainable Agriculture Minor. In 2012, he founded Cal Poly's Compost Project. He has helped develop numerous community and continuing education workshops and conferences. Most recently, this has involved the development of programs for large-scale composting, artisan food production, veteran training in agriculture, and soil health. He previously worked in the whole foods movement and has been active in the local community to strengthen regional agricultural systems. As board president of Central Coast Grown, he helped to establish SLO City Farm and its educational and agri-tourism programs for the general public. He currently serves on the Cal Poly Sustainability Advisory Committee, the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture and Sustainability (INFAS) and the Certification Advisory Committee for the Vineyard Team's Sustainability in Practice (SiP) certification program.
Claire Balint, Program Manager
Claire Balint is the Program Manager for the Center for Sustainability. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Integrative Biology from U.C. Berkeley, specializing in population ecology and insect physiology. She has also taught and conducted research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in MD, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and the Center for Insect Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Since joining CFS, Claire has learned that agriculture is in a unique position at the crossroads of science, technology, policy, and business, and has been impressed by the opportunities it presents. Claire is committed to helping Cal Poly's students gain the skills and knowledge they need to meet today's cross-disciplinary challenges.
Claire Wilson, Financial Analyst
Claire Wilson is the Financial Analyst for the Center for Sustainability. Prior to joining CFS, Claire worked as a program administrator for New Era Agricultural, The Rodale Institute, California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, and Boss Film Studios. Claire has travelled extensively through her career during which she was exposed first-hand to extreme poverty, lack of clean water and food shortages, which had a formidable impact on her. Claire believes sustainable agriculture can have an immediate impact in mitigating many of these problems and believes that it is vital to educate a new generation of agriculturists to understand how sustainable agriculture can help preserve our planet for coming generations.
We are honored to have some of California's leaders in agriculture and natural resource management providing guidance on Center activities.
Steve Balling: Director, Agricultural & Analytical Services, Del Monte Foods
Renata Brillinger: Executive Director, California Climate and Agriculture Network
Alejandro Castillo: Farm Advisor - Dairy Science, UCCE
Paul Cracknell: VP / General Manager Southern Region, Driscoll's
Ralph Crevoshay: President, VermiVision, Inc.
Jason Diestel: Director of Sustainability, Diestel Family Turkey Ranch
Michael Dimock: President, Roots of Change
Paul Dolan: Winemaker, Author
Cliff Garrison: Ranch Operations Manager, Hearst Ranch
Bruce Gibson: Supervisor, San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors
Robert J.Hrubes: Executive Vice President, SCS Global Services
Mark Klever: General Manager, Bel Campo Farms
Todd Kodet: Senior Vice President, Earthbound Farm
Bob Lilley: Ex Officio, San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner
Bryce Lundberg: VP of Agriculture, Lundberg Family Farms
Gena Nonini: Owner, Marian Farms
Cliff Ohmart: Vice President of Professional Services, SureHarvest
James Parker: Facility Team Leader, Whole Foods Market
Alain Pincot: Managing Partner / Operations, Bonipak Produce / Betteravia Farms
Kent Reeves: Certified Wildlife Biologist, Certified Professional in Rangeland Management
Claudia Reid: Director, Governmental Affairs, California Strawberry Commission
James Rickert: Partner, Western Agricultural Services / Prather Ranch
Nikki Rodoni: Director of Sustainability, Gills Onions, LLC / Rio Farms, LLC
Tim Stemwedel: President, California Organic Fertilizers, Inc.
Jean-Pierre Wolff: President and Winemaker, Wolff Vineyards