Robyn joined Valley Vision in 2007 as a project associate and serves as project leader for Food and Ag Economy, 21st Century Workforce, and broadband strategies. She provides expertise in meeting design, meeting facilitation, key informant interviews, stakeholder focus groups, and is skilled at connecting ideas and people. Robyn is well-versed in the community aspects of local food systems, and wrote an MS thesis titled “Food Access, Ag Sustainability, and Education: Collaborating to Promote a Regional Food System.”
Before coming to Valley Vision, Robyn was a re-entry student at UC Davis. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Robyn rolled right into graduate school, earning an MS in community development and an MA in anthropology. During that time she worked as a teaching assistant, particularly in linguistic anthropology courses; graduate research assistant, conducting oral history interviews with multi-generational landowner families in the Sutter Buttes; and a peer advisor to other undergraduate re-entry students. Robyn also worked at a high school in Nevada County, managing the math and science department’s computer labs.
Robyn hales from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, transplanting to California in 1995 by way of motorcycle. She loves the small-town feel of Sacramento while being able to enjoy city amenities including ethnic food, the Crocker, music venues, and, especially, the American River Parkway.
When Robyn was 5-years-old, her parents brought home a miniature schnauzer puppy, of whom she was terrified. Getting over that fear of dogs turned into a passion for animals. Robyn volunteers with animal rescues, often helping strays on the side of the road (sometimes human ones too).