Thoreau Farm Trust welcomes new board member

May 11, 2023

Thoreau Farm Trust’s newest board member, Chrissa Ventrelle, is the author of two books, What Nature Knows (2021) and May It Be: Growing a Genuine Life (2017). She has previously presented her writing at Thoreau Farm as part of the Write Connection, a program in partnership with the Thoreau Society. 

She joins the Thoreau Farm board this spring and brings with her wide-ranging experience leading and supporting small nonprofits and community organizations. 

A writer and nonprofit executive, Ventrelle has written about topics as varied as innovations in philanthropy and the San Francisco Bay Area’s best bakeries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan. She is a northern California native who now lives in Connecticut with her husband and three kids. 

A student of the natural world, long inspired by Henry David Thoreau, she is looking forward to continuing to walk in Henry’s footsteps while contributing to the Thoreau Farm Trust and the wider Concord community.

The Thoreau Farm Trust, a nonprofit organization, is committed to preserving Thoreau’s birth house and promoting Thoreau’s extraordinary insights into life, nature, and social responsibility. It offers educational programs and present his birthplace and the surrounding landscape as a source of inspiration for living deliberately, practicing simplicity, and exploring new ideas for positive change.