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Founder and CEO of Measure to Improve, LLC (MTI), whose mission is to help agricultural companies measure, improve, and credibly promote their sustainability efforts.  Part of a long-standing California farming family, I understand what sustainability means across four generations. I have always taken the initiative to build synergy between the three crucial aspects of a thriving agriculture business – people, planet, and profit. This initiative and farming heritage are what have driven me to found MTI.  MTI has a proven track record of supporting clients in setting ambitious but attainable sustainability goals. Areas of expertise include water, energy, waste, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable packaging, and sustainability certifications. Clients include produce growers, packers, shippers, and industry associations across the United States.


In 2011, Nikki expanded the company’s sustainability program to the farming side of the processing operation, Rio Farms, where she served as the Director of Sustainability for 3 years before founding Measure to Improve. 


Nikki grew up a farmer’s daughter where she had the opportunity to observe, work, and experience first-hand all aspects of a family farming operation. She is the proud mom of two boys, both attending college.  One is attending USD studying International Business the other is attending Cal Poly studying Crop Science.  Both have been raised working on the farm and will be 5th generation farmers if following in their parents footsteps. Nikki is deeply rooted in the land and she has always been concerned with the need to find a balance between preserving the environment and increasing the bottom-line of an agriculture business. It is this drive and passion that has led her to where she is today.



She currently serves on the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Center for Sustainability advisory board and the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation of Central California board of Directors.  She founded and continues to lead the Monterey County Sustainability Working Group whose purpose is to network and share current sustainability efforts among agricultural producers and processors in the Central Coast region. She served as Chair for United Fresh Foundation Center for Global Sustainability from 2011-2013 helping to develop The Sustainability Guide and Self-Assessment tool intended to assist producers in understanding sustainability.
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