Agriculture Committee

Co-Chairs: Tuck Beckstoffer | Maureen Cottingham | Jesse Katz | Michael Mondavi

  • Napa Valley Vintners

    Linda Reiff, President & CEO

    Linda Reiff has served as head of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) since 1995. Under her leadership, NVV membership has grown to nearly 500 wineries, marketing and promotions programs have expanded worldwide and the organization has become an international leader on industry issues. Reiff leads the NVV’s efforts to create and maintain the world-class reputation for Napa Valley wines, and protect the interests of its members and community. She spearheads the NVV’s approach on efforts to protect winegrowing place names around the world, development of the most progressive farming, land and winery green certification programs in the United States and business investment in community causes.

  • Sonoma County Farm Bureau

    Tawny Tesconi, Executive Director

    With a 30 year career in the event industry, and extensive facility management experience, Tawny Tesconi provides a depth of knowledge, experience, and professionalism that is not easily found in any other potential service providers. She maintains top knowledge of current requirements, which enable her to develop and implement board-approved policies and management procedures related to events.

    Tawny successfully managed Sonoma County Event Center with an average attendance of 310,000 during County Fair, 300 non-fair events per year, and one million total visitors annually to the facility. She supervised 27 permanent county employees and 600 temporary employees while reporting to a 15 member County Fair Board appointed by County Supervisors.

    Tawny’s unrelenting involvement and love for her community helped her to negotiate facility use agreements with dozens of non-profit and for-profit promoters annually. She also brings a wealth of experience representing her county in various public meetings and charrettes. She organized a promotional Cattle Drive and Sheep Drive in downtown Santa Rosa, California as well as implementing the inaugural “North of the Gate” wine competition, and organized an annual 4th of July celebration with fireworks.

    At Sonoma County Fair, Tawny administered an annual budget of approximately $9 million, successfully secured almost $600,000 annual grant funding and sponsorships, and developed mutually beneficial partnerships with local community-based programs and businesses.

  • Agriculture/Non-Vintner

    Andrea Krout, Dairy Farmer

    From a young age, Krout became involved in 4-H, where she showed Holstein dairy cattle and horses. While at Petaluma High School, she was a leader in the local FFA chapter and was part of a farm business management team that won a statewide competition and competed at nationals in Louisville, Kentucky. After two years at Santa Rosa Junior College, she went on to Fresno State University, where she earned a degree in agriculture business.

    Returning back to the Petaluma area, Krout worked for the Sonoma-Marin Fair, and later for California Farm Link, working to match retiring farmers with young aspiring agriculturalists looking for land. For her efforts, which have included working to protect farmland, speaking on behalf of sustainable local food systems and leadership roles in local agricultural groups, Krout was bestowed the 2016 Petaluma Excellence in Agriculture award.

    Andrea is on the board of the Petaluma Educational Foundation, Sonoma County Farm Trails — which her grandparents helped start — and is active in Young Farmers and Ranchers. She recently won the statewide Young Farmers and Ranchers discussion meet, which is similar to a debate competition, and represented the state at the national finals in Florida. Besides ranching and government work, Krout loves running, hiking and riding horses at the coast. A singer/songwriter, she is currently playing with country group The Boot Band.

  • Sonoma County Vintners & Growers

    Corey Beck, Board of Directors

    Corey Beck has more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry. Beck began his career in viticulture tagging alongside his grandfather, the vineyard manager for Château Montelena, and joined Inglenook in 1998 as assistant winemaker. In 2006, the Coppola family purchased the Château Souverain property and appointed Beck as director of winemaking and general manager, and he worked alongside Francis to help revitalize the property and expand the wine operation. In 2014, he was promoted to president of Francis Ford Coppola Winery overseeing the overall business, while simultaneously continuing his role as director of winemaking.

  • Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers

    Maureen Cottingham, Executive Director

    Ms. Cottingham has been with the SVVGA for 5 years. Her leadership, especially as Executive Producer of the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is well established by both the success of the event and by her peers. Her involvement with the day-to-day operations with the Board and Membership ensures a seamless transition.

    The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving over 500 vintners, growers and associates who share a mission to promote awareness of SonomaValley’s grapes, wine, terroir and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation (SVVGF) is a non-profit organization that has raised over $8,000,000 for local SonomaValley charities through the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction.

  • Small Farmer/Non-Vintner

    Shannon Lee, Owner, Two Moon Family Farm; SSU Biology Dept.

    Originally from San Diego, Shannon Lee, PhD, works professionally as a lecturer in the biology department at Sonoma State University. She and her husband (Steven) co-own a very small agricultural business in Glen Ellen, Two Moon Family Farm. In 2009 they moved their family to Sonoma Valley from Los Angeles, to live on the property where Steve grew up. Today they raise a small herd of goats, a flock of chickens, the occasional set of lamb or turkeys and they grow various vegetables. While the farm is mostly a way of life, they do sell to a few chefs and have a presence at the Kenwood Community Farmers Market. Shannon also writes the monthly Glen Ellen Telegram section for the Kenwood Press and is an avid volunteer in the Glen Ellen community including acting as the current treasurer for the Glen Ellen Fair Association.

  • On The Move

    Alisso Abdo, Executive Director

    Alissa has been with On The Move for over 11 years, building her expertise as an effective and passionate nonprofit leader in various capacities. She began her career as the founding Director of VOICES, the first youth-led community center for current and former foster youth in the nation. Alissa oversees all seven of On The Move’s initiatives and currently serves on the board of Foster Kids Fund.

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