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Nita Vail Joins Sand County Foundation Board of Directors

Nita Vail, a founding member and former CEO of the California Rangeland Trust, has joined the board of directors of the Sand County Foundation, a national nonprofit organization working at the intersection of agriculture and environmental improvement.

Vail is Principal at Vail Ranch Consulting Group and a land broker with California Outdoor Properties. She is a fourth-generation rancher brought up in the Vail & Vickers ranching tradition on Santa Rosa Island.

“We are thrilled to have Nita join Sand County Foundation's Board of Directors," said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President & CEO. "She brings to us her first-hand experience as a rancher, and her deep knowledge of agribusiness and environmental policy."

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In 1994, Vail was appointed by Governor Wilson to serve as Assistant Secretary of Agricultural and Environmental Policy for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. She has worked with diverse agribusinesses, including Foster Farms, Idetek and Cattle-Fax.

Vail received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA and her MBA from University of Santa Clara, Institute of Agribusiness in Santa Clara. She is a graduate of Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Strategic Public Sector Negotiation Program, the California Agricultural Leadership Program, and the American Leadership Forum.

Vail serves on numerous advisory boards and is passionate about sustainable agriculture and holistic ranch management, horses, travel, food, wine and flying.


Sand County Foundation inspires and empowers a growing number of landowners to ethically manage natural resources in their care, so future generations have clean and abundant water, healthy soil to support agriculture, plentiful habitat for wildlife, and opportunities for outdoor recreation.