Wendy Siporen has been the Executive Director of Thrive since 2001. She launched the Rogue Flavor campaign in 2005. After starting her career as a Congressional staffer, she returned to Southern Oregon and worked as a reporter for the Oregonian, the Mail Tribune and as News Editor for the Ashland Daily Tidings. Wendy's Southern Oregon roots are deep, running back to her great-grandparents who lived and farmed in Lakeview, Oregon. She holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Southern Oregon University and a BA in Political Science from Whitman College.

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Sara Mosser partners with farmers and buyers in Jackson and Josephine counties as Thrive’s Market Development specialist. Having worked with farming communities for nine years, she is passionate about supporting local growers and enhancing the regional food system from production to waste. Native to San Diego, Sara has lived in Northern CA and holds a B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University, spent time restoring riparian habitat in Bellingham, WA; then ventured to Madison, WI to earn a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. New to the Rogue Valley, Sara and her family are enjoying a warmer climate, and exploring southern Oregon’s trails, breweries, rivers, and local flavor!

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