Ann Burkhart joined Earthworm Foundation (formerly known as The Forest Trust) in January 2019 as a Relationship Manager. Burkhart works with member companies to set policy around sourcing key agricultural commodities, gain traceability in their supply chain, support transformation projects at origin focused on deforestation and small holder or human rights issues, and verification of progress against these initiatives. She also has responsibility for new business development in the United States. Earthworm Foundation is based in Switzerland and has 20 years of experience in finding solutions to the major social and environmental problems that our world is facing today.
Burkhart formerly worked at Starbucks as a manager on the ethical sourcing team, where she focused on the company’s programs for dairy, produce and animal welfare, but also contributed to the manufactured goods, coffee and cocoa programs. Previously she helped build the company’s business ethics and compliance program and worked on the equal opportunity initiatives team. Burkhart has also worked as acting director of Weyerhaeuser’s ethics and compliance program and held management consulting positions with two Internet development firms. As a volunteer, she served on the board of directors for EarthCorps and Global Visionaries. Burkhart received her bachelor’s degree from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and her master’s degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University.