Please join us in welcoming the Land Trust’s new Development Assistant: Sydney LaRose!
“I love living in this area because of everything the Land Trust supports: wildlife, habitat, small farms, nature preserves, and natural spaces,” Sydney says. “Family is important to me and I want to make sure I’m part of an organization that focuses on preserving things of such importance, both for us all to enjoy and for the health of the planet.”
Sydney’s background is in small, artisanal organic farming; in 2008, she completed an apprenticeship at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, California, in 2008. After this pivotal experience, she moved on to establish and run a small organic farm near Monterey, California, growing organic heirloom tomatoes and other produce for a local resort and restaurant.
In addition to farming, Sydney has worked in higher education. Just prior to joining Jefferson Land Trust, she developed and managed strategic processes for key accreditation areas and Title V federal grants, and oversaw the class scheduling process for a community college. Her undergraduate degree is from Whittier College, with a Master’s degree in management science from Johnson & Wales University, where she also subsequently worked in Career Services and as a field admissions representative on the West Coast. In these roles, she supported students in career planning and internship placement, and developed relationships with more than 300 California high schools to recruit students to the college.
In her role as our Development Assistant, Sydney will support the development team in record keeping, outreach, and assistance with the Land Trust’s donor relations activities.
In her spare time, Sydney enjoys time with her family and grandchildren, growing and preserving food, making soap, spinning yarn from locally sourced fiber, knitting, quilting, and sewing.