About

Vera L. Chang is an Environmental Science, Policy, and Management PhD student at the University of California Berkeley. Vera's research interests include agro-food systems, labor, and human rights. Her advisor is Dr. Kathryn De Master in the Division of Society and Environment. 

Previously, Vera was Public Relations and Marketing Director for Shelburne Farms, where she oversaw media and messaging for its 1,400-acre organic farm and forest, leading-edge educational programs, award-winning farmstead cheese, and internationally-recognized farm to table restaurant and inn. 

Before that, Vera was a Bon Appetit Management Company Fellow, where she worked with top management to support the company's initiatives for large-scale food systems change. 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, lauded by the New York Times, Worldwatch Institute, and Center for Science in the Public Interest. 

Vera holds a B.A. 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

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)