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Grace Kaufman

Grace joined Valley Vision in 2020. She works in the Food and Agriculture and Clean AIr and Climate impact areas by managing the Yolo Food Hub project, the Coordinated Rural Opportunities Plan (CROP), the USDA Southwest Regional Food Business Center, and the Zero Emission Hydrogen Locomotive Project. At Valley Vision, Grace has supported the 2021 Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan, the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign, and the Climate Justice and Jobs Summit. Grace also manages Valley Vision’s climate change initiatives.

Valley Vision Reports

Coordinated Rural Opportunity Plan (2024)

Yolo Food Hub Facility Report (2023)

White House Conference – Recommendations from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital (2022)

Sacramento Region Food System Action Plan (2021)

Listos California Impact Report (2020)

Professional Experience

For over 8 years, Grace has worked in the climate and energy field, supporting local policymakers, public agencies, and nonprofits in their efforts to build more livable communities within the Sacramento region and throughout California. She is a highly efficient project manager with extensive experience organizing and facilitating collaborative meetings with diverse stakeholders. Grace possesses a passion for environmental justice, sustainability, public health, and community-centered design.

Affiliations & Awards

  • The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (2020)


Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development – University of California, Davis


Propagating plants. Eating BBQ peaches by a campfire. Playing competitive games of Settlers of Catan and Codenames. Attending concerts at Ace of Spades. Listening to any music playing outside in a park. Attending local beer fests. Trying new recipes. Eating local food. Biking along the American River Parkway.