Ann M. Veneman

   
Nomination Committee

Elected to the Board 2011



Date of birth: 1949
Nationality: American

Career
  • 2005 - 2010 United Nations Children’s Fund, Executive Director
  • 2001 - 2005 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary
  • 1999 - 2001 Nossaman, Guthner, Knox and Elliott, a California law firm, Of Counsel
  • 1995 - 1999 California Department of Food and Agriculture, Secretary
  • 1993 - 1995 Patton Boggs, a Washington law firm, Of Counsel
  • 1991 - 1993 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Secretary
  • 1989 - 1991 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs
  • 1987 - 1989 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Associate Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service
  • 1986 - 1987 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service
  • 1980 - 1986 Damrell, Damrell, and Nelson, a California law firm, Partner
  • 1978 - 1980 County of Stanislaus, Deputy Public Defender
  • 1976 - 1978 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, Attorney
  • 1972 - 1974 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Regional, Office, Civil Rights Investigator
Education
  • 1976 University of California, Hastings College of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • 1971 University of California, Berkeley, MA, Public Policy
  • 1970 University of California, Davis, BA, Political Science

Honorary Degrees Awarded
  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Middlebury College
  • 2004 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Delaware State University
  • 2003 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Lincoln University of Missouri
  • 2001 Honorary Doctorate Degree, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Board memberships
  • Member of the Board, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Member of the Board, S&W Seed Company
  • Member of the Board, Landesa
  • Member of the Board, Close Up Foundation
  • Member of the Board, Malaria No More
  • Co-Chair, Mothers Day Every Day
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Member, The Trilateral Commission
  • Member, The Chicago Council Global Agriculture Development Initiative
  • Member, Nestlé Creating Shared Value Council (CSV Council) 
Honors and awards
  • 2009 Forbes The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List, ranking number 46
  • 2009 UC Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Award of Distinction
  • 2009 Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mali, à titre étranger
  • 2008 Il Consiglio Grande e Generale della Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino
  • 2006 Sesame Workshop’s Leadership Award for Children
  • 2006 United Nations Association of New York, Humanitarian Award
  • 2005 Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service
  • 2005 UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Distinguished Service Award
  • 2004 Main Street Partnership John Chaffee Award for Distinguished Public Service
  • 2004 American PVO Partners Award for Service to People in Need
  • 2003 UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Alumni of the Year Award
  • 2003 California State Fair Agriculturalist of the Year Award
  • 2002 National 4-H Alumni Recognition Award
  • 2002 California Council for International Trade Golden State Award
  • 2002 Dutch American Heritage Award
  • 2002 United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Distinguished Service Award
  • 2001 Outstanding Woman in International Trade Award
  • 2001 UC Davis Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award
  • 2001 Food Research and Action Center Award