Ria de Grassi
Ria de Grassi is a double alum of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, having earned her B.S in agricultural science and management and M.S. in animal science. But her UC Davis education began years before she ever set foot on campus as a student. Ria grew up on a farm near Ukiah where she learned the rhythms of nature while raising live-stock and observing wildlife in the surrounding hills and streams.
As a youth, de Grassi had access to several UC Davis influencers, including county Cooperative Extension farm advisors through her 4-H projects, a veterinarian/employer who took her on farm visits, and, of course, her father who was also a UC Davis alum. “All that exposure to the educational value of the university made UC Davis my logical choice,” she says.
de Grassi, a representative of the California Farm Bureau Federation, is as devoted to her alma mater as she is committed to keeping science front and center in the development of food and agriculture policy. “My most treasured possession is my education,” she says. “I believe in giving back through volunteer work and philanthropy to ensure that the wonder of UC Davis is going to be there – not just tomorrow, but also for the next generation.”