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Vera L. Chang is a University of California Berkeley Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Doctoral Student; National Science Foundation Fellow; and Berkeley Food Institute Researcher. Vera's research interests include human rights and social change in U.S. agriculture.

Previously, Vera was Public Relations and Marketing Director for Shelburne Farms, where she oversaw media and messaging for its internationally-recognized 1,400-acre diversified farm and forest, farmstead cheese, restaurant, and education programs. Before that, Vera was a Bon Appétit Management Company Fellow, where she worked with top management to support the company's initiatives for large-scale food systems change. While at a Fellow, Vera managed and co-authored the most comprehensive report on the state of farm labor, the Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States (Bon Appétit, United Farm Workers, and Oxfam America, 2011). 

Vera’s research and reporting have been highlighted in the New York Times, Mother Jones FoodLA Weekly, Grist, the Aspen Institute, Worldwatch Institute, and Center for Science in the Public Interest . Her writing has appeared in Civil EatsBitch magazine, and KQED's Bay Area Bites, and her photographs have been published in TIMECNBC, and National Public Radio.

Vera holds a Bachelor of the Arts with honors in Global Ethics from Carleton College and certificates in Ecological Horticulture from University of California Santa Cruz and Permaculture Design from University of Massachusetts Amherst. 


In the News

Mother Jones Food: Top Food News (newsletter) (May 27, 2018)
Civil Eats: Our Best Environment Stories from 2016 (December 22, 2016)
The Aspen Institute: Five Best Ideas of the Day (December 21, 2016)
Heritage Radio Network (What Doesn't Kill You): Shelburne Farms: Episode 193 (June 6, 2016)
Babson College Blog: Contextualizing Food Entrepreneur Questions Series (January 19, 2016) 
Civil Eats:
Editor's Note: 2015 Was a Big Year for Food & Farming News (December 14, 2015)
The New York Times: 36 Hours in Burlington, Vermont (August 19, 2015)
Heritage Radio Network: The Farm Report: Episode 236 (minutes 15:30-22:00) (June 2015)
Coalition of Immokalee Workers News: Will Ben & Jerry's Help Improve Conditions for Dairy Workers? (May 2015)
Coalition of Immokalee Workers News: Largest Screening Yet! 300 Attend Burlington Screening of Food Chains (April 2015)
WPTZ News Channel 5: People Attend Screening on Documentary About Farm Workers' Rights (April 2015)
Good Food Jobs Gastronomes: Vera L. Chang, Public Relations and Marketing Director, Shelburne Farms (Feb 2015)
WCAX: Art Exhibit Spans the State (Oct 2014)
Examiner.com: 10 Questions for Local Food Entrepreneur Vera Chang (Sept 2014)
LA Weekly: Read This Now: Bitch Magazine's Food Issue (Jan 2014)
The New York Times: Restaurant Chains Try to Woo a Younger Generation (June 2013)
Grist: Startling New Report Shines Light on Farm Labor Conditions – And They Ain’t Good (April 2011)
Civil Eats: New Farmworker Report Paints a Big, Grim Picture (April 2011)
Zester Daily: Better Food, Designed by Students (Feb 2011)
The Voice: Food for Thought (Carleton College alumni magazine cover story) (Winter 2008)
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Good Food? It’s Academic (Aug 2008)
Inside Higher Education: Campus Food From Around the Corner (Nov 2007)


Honors

Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, 2018-2021
Predoctoral Fellowship (honorable mention), Ford Foundation, 2018
Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology (third place), Social Science Research Council, 2018
Berkeley Food Institute Graduate Student Research Award, UC Berkeley, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Summer 2018
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, UC Berkeley, Summer 2017
ESPM 201C Starter Grant, UC Berkeley, 2016
Stewsie Sustainability Award, Carleton College, 2008
Student Leadership Award, Carleton College, 2008
Udall Scholarship (honorable mention), Udall Foundation, 2008
Environmental Studies Fellowship, Carleton College, 2008
Maitland-Will Prize, Carleton College, 2007
Parent’s Fund for Academic Excellence, Carleton College, 2007
Dean of Students Leadership Grant, Carleton College, 2007