Being regarded as a pioneer in her field was business as usual for Nan McEvoy. Her grandfather, Michael De Young, founded the San Francisco Chronicle in 1865 and Nan started there as a cub reporter (a rare position for a female at the time), gradually working her way up and eventually serving as Chairwoman of the Board from 1981 to 1995. When a director's bylaw forced her into retirement at age 72, Nan set about doing what she does best—making things happen—and McEvoy Ranch was born. Always an activist with a spirit of adventure, she was an early member of the Peace Corps and John D. Rockefeller's Population Council. Nan was named Food Artisan of the Year by Bon Appetit in 2003.
Nion McEvoy is Chairman and CEO of Chronicle Books, LLC, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. He worked previously in the business affairs departments of the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills and of Wescom Productions, and is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Hastings College of the Law. He currently serves on the boards of SFJAZZ, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.