Sustainable Supply Chain Analyst
Gwenael Engelskirchen brings over 18 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and regional food systems to her position as Sustainable Supply Chain Analyst at UC SAREP. Her recent work focuses on market channel development for emerging niche agricultural crops with dual economic and environmental potential (e.g. elderberry, moringa, Kernza®) as well as market channel development for small/mid-scale producers and under-represented producers (e.g. regional distribution, food hubs, institutional purchasing). Her research broadly aims to support farmers and ranchers in adopting more sustainable agricultural practices and assist communities in building equitable and healthy regional food systems. Gwenael has worked on and managed diversified organic farms ranging in size from 1.5 to 300 acres, overseen planting and data collection for vegetable variety trials at an organic seed company, and raised a small flock of sheep for meat and fiber in Vermont. She holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Development and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Community Development from UC Davis.