Fern Stroud


A gifted musician and tenure of IT Software Development Project Management, Fern's life work is to bridge the gap between business, art, and community. Her vision has been realized through successful partnership, board service, and other initiatives including production of Black Vines - A Toast to Black Wineries and Diverse Art.

Fern earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and completed a software development internship at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Palo Alto, California. She currently manages Big Data related efforts in Silicon Valley.
Location: Oakland, California




Black Vines - A Toast to Black Wineries and Diverse Art® is California’s preeminent Black wine experience and special event curator. Founded in 2010 by Bay Area native and IT professional Fern A. Stroud, Black Vines is anchored by its annual celebration of culture, art, and wine education that brings together Black artists, Black musicians and featured Black winemakers/vintners on the last Saturday of February. With thousands of guests served and more than 100 varietals tasted, expertise and quality are at the forefront of our vision.