Our Board & Community Engagement
Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute was created as a public-private partnership with a clear mission: to educate students, provide research and develop programs that would support the needs of one of the primary industries and employers in our region and around the world.
Sonoma State University thanks its supporters - the many businesses, foundations and individuals for their investment. Without this support, the SSU Wine Business Institute would not be possible.
Explore the ways they invest their time and talent. And tell us if you'd like to reach out and join them.
Board of Directors. The Wine Business Institute Board of Directors offers senior industry expertise to guide the Institute's work, expand deep connections with all aspects and regions of the wine industry, and ensure the Institute's long-term sustainability. Learn more about our board membership and its goals.
Wine Business Alumni Council. The Alumni Council are active and passionate supporters of the program, because as graduates they appreciate its value first-hand. They engage with students on hands-on projects, reaching out to grow our alumni network, and promoting the program here and around the world. Learn about our Alumni Council leadership and how to get involved.
Speakers and Winery Visits. Every semester, leaders from numerous wineries and related industries share their expertise and experience with our students, adding real-world context to classroom lessons. They also open the doors of their businesses to allow our students to study winery operations. See who's talking and where our students have been.
Hands-On Projects. Providing extraordinary experiences in learning for our students means providing them with hands-on experiences solving problems for active businesses. From marketing challenges to product releases, our students are up for the challenge. Read about specific projects with companies like Parducci, Kokomo, Landmark, and e-Winery Solutions.