Amanda Parker has joined Cowgirl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods as Deputy Managing Director, and will work over the next year with founders and Co-Managing Directors Peggy Smith and Sue Conley through their professional transitions.
“Peggy and I are excited to welcome Amanda Parker to Cowgirl Creamery,” says Sue Conley. “Amanda brings fresh perspective along with cheese business expertise to our seasoned leadership team.”
Ms. Parker is a Certified Cheese Professional who possesses a deep knowledge of cheese and the cheese business and has dedicated her professional life to cheese education and accessibility. She spent eight years at Murray’s Cheese in New York City where her trajectory took her from cheesemonger to executive. She joined Murray’s as a cheesemonger at the Grand Central Station store just prior to Thanksgiving and even amid the holiday rush found a deep resonance in introducing customers to a variety of cheeses with a combination of tasting, talking, and education. Her natural instincts for leadership and community did not go unnoticed and she soon graduated to the role of store manager of Murray’s flagship location in New York’s Greenwich Village, then ultimately joined the executive team where she helped build a partnership with the Kroger Company, the largest grocery chain in the United States. As the company’s Vice President of Business Development, she oversaw the expansion of Murray’s national business, opening over 350 cheese kiosks in Kroger stores across America. With this venture, she coordinated product and promotions, marketing and branding, and gave special focus to education of Kroger’s cheese employees, overseeing a program that brought them to Murray’s in New York for hands-on training.
Most recently, Ms. Parker, who holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, completed her MBA at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, while staying involved in the cheese community through regular teaching engagements at the Cheese School of San Francisco.
In her new role at Cowgirl Creamery, she is eager to merge her passion for the values and craftsmanship of artisan cheesemaking with innovative thinking around how to make cheese ever more accessible to a wider audience, how to work ever more sustainably, and how to create more opportunities for Cowgirl Creamery’s dairy farmer partners.
“As a longtime fan of Cowgirl Creamery, I am absolutely thrilled to join Peggy, Sue and the team behind such a beloved brand. I look forward to bringing my love of our (and our partners’) products, sharing my passion for cheese education and continuing our focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability to co-create the future of an already strong, successful business,” says Ms. Parker.