Bruce McCann, M.A., J.D., LLM, became President of International Culinary Center California in 2012 after serving as the school’s General Counsel in its Manhattan headquarters. A native of Sonoma County, Bruce was involved with the California wine industry for nearly 30 years before coming to International Culinary Center. As a tax and real estate attorney, he has advised hundreds of wineries, winemakers and grape producers throughout California, Oregon and internationally on all facets of the industry, from vineyard development to compliance to business strategies, finance and marketing. He has been instrumental in the start-up of highly regarded wineries in California, Oregon and France.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Bruce also studied at UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara. His lifelong involvement with food and wine has taken him to Israel, Europe, Mexico, Korea, the Philippines and China. Bruce has a keen interest in today’s food issues, particularly sustainability and responsible husbandry. Under his leadership, International Culinary Center California is developing a reputation as a true center of culinary thought leadership and new approaches to food issues. His interests are not simply academic – over his career Bruce has had hands-on experience in the large-scale cultivation of such diverse crops as avocados, pineapple, persimmons, pecans, winegrapes, apples and berries.
Bruce is a member of American Institute of Wine and Food and, through the International Culinary Center, is active in numerous culinary and wine organizations and events including the James Beard Foundation, the International Day of Italian Cuisine, SF Chefs and others. Bruce is an adjunct Professor of Law in both Real Property Law and Corporate Law. He is admitted to practice in the US District Courts for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California and in all jurisdictions of the California state courts where he has served as judge pro tem and has testified as an expert witness in California real property law. He has served on numerous corporate boards, both non-profit and for-profit.
Bruce lives in western Sonoma County with his wife Melissa. He and Melissa have two sons, Alex and Jeremy.