Charlotte Mitchell, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Charlotte serves the organization to ensure that agricultural lands are preserved in California’s Central Valley for future generations.

Prior to joining CVFT, she was the Executive Director for the Sacramento County Farm Bureau for 11 years, representing farmers and ranchers by advocating on their behalf at the local, state and national levels on issues impacting their operations.  In this position, she and her board of directors were recognized by both state and national organizations for their vast and relevant program of work. Prior to joining the Sacramento County Farm Bureau, she was a program coordinator for the California Farm Bureau Federation and spent 25 years as a volunteer for Farm Bureau on local, state and national committees.

Charlotte was born and raised on a third-generation cattle and sheep operation along the Sonoma County coast.  She now resides with her husband, a fifth generation farmer, and their two sons in Elk Grove on a contract turkey operation where they raise turkeys year round for Foster Farms, in addition to walnuts, sheep, and hay.  She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with an agribusiness degree.  Charlotte has a deep commitment to serving California agriculture.

Susan Hooper, Associate Director

Susan Hooper is CVFT’s Associate Director. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento. After 10 years as a manager in the Education and Organization Development Department at Sutter Health she worked as a Management Consultant and Trainer for Positive Impact Consulting. Susan currently serves as Vice President of the Sacramento Foundation for Agricultural Education and as a volunteer with the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as a Love on Loan Ambassador.

Darcel Trapani, Administrative Assistant

Darcel joins CVFT after working nine years for Cal West Seeds in Galt, CA as the Plant Secretary. At Cal West Seeds her duties were to maintain the plant office, handle all shipping and receiving of seed crops, keep inventory and report records to Cal West main office and assist the Plant Manager with a variety of projects. As CVFT’s Administrative Assistant, Darcel maintains our filing system, updates our DonorPerfect donor management system, prepares checks, assists Bill with easement project recordkeeping and assists Susan with event coordination and planning.  We are thrilled to have Darcel as a part of our team.