Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, PhD

Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe

Michelle Ratcliffe’s mission is to make it easy to raise happy, healthy kids and help farmers prosper. For over 20 years she has gotten her hands dirty on farms 4 to 4,000 acres in size, taught in school gardens, researched ways to make it easier to get local foods on our tables, and then advocated for policies that do just that. In 2014, Michelle transitioned from the Oregon Department of Agriculture as the Farm to School Program Manager to join Truitt Family Foods as VP of Sales and Marketing. At Truitt Family Foods, she directs activities to get shelf-stable, plant-based protein products to the K-12, health care, and college and university markets. Her work received the North American Agricultural Marketing Excellence Award, and in 2013 she was recognized with the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior`s prestigious Health Policy Promotion Award. She earned a Doctorate degree in Agriculture, Food and the Environment from Tufts University’s School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Master of Environmental Law and Policy degree from Vermont Law School. She is a board member of the National Farm to School Network and the Agri-business Council of Oregon. Michelle lives in the Willamette Valley on a 4-acre farm with her husband and two young boys. Her favorite vegetable to grow is eggplant. (Salem, OR)