Bio Sustainability Project Manager Jill Kimmel Whitacre


Jill grew up on Kimwood Ranch playing in the creeks, running through vineyards, getting into trouble with her younger brother, Ryan, and generally loving life outdoors.

She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Agribusiness and a minor in Viticulture. She worked with The Vineyard Team from 2002 - 2009. Her responsibilities included coordinating and facilitating grower education events promoting sustainable vineyard management.

Jill was lead of staff on the inaugural Sustainable Ag Expo. She conducted vineyard research on cover crops. Her favorite project at The Vineyard Team was facilitating the development of the Sustainability in Practice Vineyard Certification Standards (SIP Certification). Since 2012, Jill has sat on the SIP Certification Advisory Committee.

These days, most of Jill's time is spent corralling the fourth generation of Kimmel Vineyard hooligans. She lives in Paso Robles with her husband, Tim and three boys Jude, Elijah & Bennett.