Nicolette Hahn Niman is an attorney, writer, livestock rancher, and mother.
Much of Nicolette's time is spent speaking and writing about the problems resulting from industrialized food production, including essays she has written on the subject for the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Nicolette was a regular blogger for the food section of the online version of The Atlantic and has blogged for Huffington Post and CHOW.
She is a regular speaker at food and farming events, and has been a keynote speaker at the Ecofarm Conference; the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Conference; the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, among others. She served for two years on the Board of Overseers of the Boston-based organization Chefs Collaborative.
Previously, she was the Senior Attorney for the environmental organization Waterkeeper Alliance where she was in charge of the organization's campaign to reform the concentrated livestock and poultry industry, and, before that, an attorney for National Wildlife Federation. She served two terms on the city council for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan (pop. 80,000), during which time she served on sixteen community boards and commissions including the Environmental Concerns Committee. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her B.A. in Biology and French from Kalamazoo College in 1989.
She lives in Northern California with her two sons, and husband, Bill Niman, founder of Niman Ranch, a natural meat company supplied by a network of over 700 traditional farmers and ranchers. Together Bill and Nicolette founded the meat company BN Ranch, which offers grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, and heritage turkey.