2011 Press Releases
Organic Trade Association appoints Gwendolyn Wyard to new Associate Director for Organic Standards and Industry Outreach post
Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820; firstname.lastname@example.org)
WASHINGTON, D.C. ( March 1, 2011)—The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announces that Gwendolyn Wyard will begin working for OTA on Monday, March 7, to fill the new position of Associate Director for Organic Standards and Industry Outreach for the association.
“OTA is truly pleased to have Gwendolyn join our staff. Her years of experience and expertise will prove to be invaluable to our organization,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO, citing Wyard’s work with certified organic operations throughout the United States and internationally during her tenure at Oregon Tilth and her knowledge of the National Organic Program (NOP) and National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
In her role at OTA, Wyard will assist Laura Batcha, OTA’s Chief of Policy and External Relations, to lead OTA’s interface with NOSB, NOP Standards Branch and OTA members to develop regulatory policy positions and enhance OTA’s leadership in standards development with the goal of strengthening the integrity of the USDA organic seal. Wyard will be working from the West Coast to enhance outreach to producers and handler members.
“OTA has long recognized the need for a stronger West Coast presence,” Bushway said, “The addition of Gwendolyn to the staff is a perfect fit, and she is poised to hit the ground running.”
Wyard is already recognized as an industry expert with over 15 years of experience with organic certification at the producer, inspector and certifier level. She has a B.S. in food science and minor in chemistry. Among other activities, she is Co-Chair of the Material Working Group, an industry organized group that assists NOSB on material-related issues. She most recently served as Technical Specialist at Oregon Tilth. Wyard will be introduced to OTA’s Board of Director’s at its April 5 meeting in Washington, D.C., and will be on hand for the upcoming OTA Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days to interact with members on April 6 and 7.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.