Ann Armbrecht is the Director of the American Botanical Council's Sustainable Herbs Program. She is a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine. She is the author of The Business of Botanicals: Exploring the Healing Promise of Plant Medicine in a Global Industry, published by Chelsea Green Books in 2021. She is also the co-producer of the documentary Numen: the Nature of Plants, and the author of the award winning ethnographic memoir, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home, based on her research in Nepal. She is a student of herbal medicine and was a 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar documenting the supply chain of medicinal plants in India. She lives with her family in central Vermont.