Judith Ford
Sonoma State University, California

Dr. Judith Ford leads strategic development and cross-sector sustainability and resilience initiatives, which engage campus, community partners and the wine industry. Her research team in Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute investigates the influence of organizational culture on strategic response to natural disaster and long term climatic change.

With twenty years of broad, multinational academic, commercial and advocacy experience, she studies, teaches, writes and practices international strategy, environmental communication and stakeholder engagement. Following an International MBA and bachelor in Communication Studies and Psychology, her cross-disciplinary PhD dissertation used the nexus of culture, strategy, communication and psychology and the illustrative case study of climate change to explore how individuals discover and use their personal passions in response to the needs and opportunities of their physical and cultural environment.

The symbiotic relationship between people and place creates authentic and diverse communities reflective of their unique assets, time and place, driving systemic, place-based strategies in building sustainable, resilient communities. Her research has been well-received by a diversity of audiences, as well as radio and print media. After years abroad, she returned to her native California, where she relishes the natural beauty and community scale so revered in Marin County.

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