How do your colleagues describe you?
Jill’s steady persistence and encouragement often pushes her food clients through barriers and keeps them going toward creating their products.
Why do you do what you do?
Using my experience, education, and skills to help startup food businesses thrive is my professional joy. I enjoy connecting clients to others, sharing resources, problem solving, and identifying opportunities in the community to help local food producers produce products that are in demand.
Jill grew up in the Napa Valley and worked many different jobs in the wine industry. from the vineyards to the wine lab to sales. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She previously worked as a researcher at the OSU Food Innovation Center, taught farm management at Linn-Benton Community College and has been with the SBDC for five years.
Jill is a business advisor and co-facilitator of the Getting Your Recipe to Market program. She has more than 15 years of experience in the food and wine industry as a researcher, marketer, and consultant.