Meet The Stepladder Family

It takes a small village of talented, passionate people to manage the farm, make the cheese and all the details in between. We've curated a group of amazing individuals and families to care for our animals, hand make delicious artisan cheese and share our story with hungry customers.

Meet The Creamery Owners

Michelle & Jack Rudolph

Jack first discovered his love for goats after visiting a goat dairy in Northern California with his sister in high school. Shortly thereafter, he began procuring fresh goat milk and making his own cheeses at home while working at a startup in Palo Alto. Quickly finding himself drawn to cheesemaking more than anything else, Jack decided to purchase his own goats and move to Stepladder Ranch to take over his grandfather’s ranch operations and build a creamery. Michelle's background is in event planning and wineries. She moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly and never left. Jack and Michelle met during the inception phase of the creamery and have been managing the ranch together ever since.

Alan Production Crew
Dan Production Crew
Denise Bay Area Market Crew
Diamond Bay Area Market Crew
Ella Rose Bay Area Market Crew
Eric San Diego Sales Manager
Erik Inside Sales & Fulfillment Manager
Fiona Los Angeles Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Harley Assistant Cheesemaker
Jacob Los Angeles Market Crew
Jessica Bay Area Market Crew
Jose Production Crew
Jacob San Diego Market Crew
Jude Los Angeles Market Crew
Liz Los Angeles Market Crew
Luis Production Crew
Malina Bay Area Market Crew
Michele Bay Area Farmers Market Manager
Monica Bay Area Market Crew
Rain Los Angeles Market Crew
Roberto Production Crew
Robin Head Cheesemaker
Ryan Director of Operations
Sofia San Diego Market Crew
Sophie Herd Manager
Taavi Los Angeles Farmers Market Manager
Tyrell Bay Area Market Crew
Whitney Director of Business Operations
Yamel Bay Area Market Crew
Zoe Los Angeles Market Crew
Bree Los Angeles Market Crew
Athena SLO Markets + Tours