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Board of Directors

By 2021, the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors will consist of seventeen people, each of whom serves a term of three years. A Board member cannot serve more than three consecutive terms. OTA Board members are elected by OTA trade members each year. The Board is made up of nine at-large members elected by the general membership, two Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) representatives who have been elected by the general membership of COTA and five members who are appointed by elected Board members. There is also a dedicated Farmer Board seat.

Kim Dietz
Firmenich

BOARD PRESIDENT  Kim is the Business Development Director of Organics, Extracts and Sustainability for Firmenich. Kim has been involved in organic farming sustainability her entire life, and has over 30 years experience and expertise regarding organic and non-GMO compliance and standards; her commitment to organic has been shown in her voluntary work with OTA throughout her career, both as a leader and a participant.

Fig Hill Farm Consulting

VICE PRESIDENT & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE Tracy Favre is the owner of Fig Hill Farm Consulting. Fig Hill Consulting works with farm and food production supply chains to identify sustainability goals and to achieve regulatory compliance for organic certification. Formerly an organic inspector, she worked for 25 years in environmental management, as an engineer and in sustainable agriculture.

Stonyfield Farm

SECRETARY  Britt Lundgren is the Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Farm. With over a decade of experience working to advance agricultural sustainability through policy and supply chain initiatives including six years at Stonyfield, she brings much relevant knowledge and enthusiasm to the Board.

Danone North America

VICE TREASURER & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE  Domenic Borelli is the President of Plant-Based Food & Beverages and Premium Dairy for Danone North America  Danone North America, where he balances the company’s commitment to social and environmental progress while generating profitable, sustainable growth. Domenic brings 24 years of food and beverage experience, including work in sustainable meat, refreshment beverages, coffee, cheese, cereal and ready-to-eat meals.

Perry Clutts
Pleasantview Farm

TREASURER & FARMER SEAT  Perry is owner of Pleasantview Farm, his family’s certified organic dairy operation in Ohio. Perry has been a passionate supporter and fully engaged member of the organic community for 15 years, transitioning his family’s 133-year-old farm to an organic grass-based dairy, and wants to use his resources and knowledge to further promote organic through advocacy and working with OTA. 

Grimmway Farms / Cal-Organic

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, VICE CHAIR  Ben graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and moved out to the Bay Area. While working on an MBA at Cal State Bakersfield, he found work with Grimmway Farms in the Cal-Organic division working in quality assurance, food safety and organic certification. He quickly developed an appreciation for the amount of hard work that goes into farming, especially organic farming.

Vilicus Farms

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE & Ex-Officio on The Organic Center Board of Trustees Doug and his wife Anna own and operate Vilicus Farms, a 5,000-acre certified organic dry-land farm growing 12 to 15 grain, pulse, broadleaf and oilseed crops annually. Having started the farm “from scratch,” they share a passion for beginning farmers. Doug has been an active member of the Farmers Advisory Council and regular participant in OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visits.

Patagonia Works

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE  A nationally recognized environmental leader, lawyer and advocate, Avi currently serves as Patagonia Works’ Environmental Advocate, helping to sharpen and strengthen the company’s voice and vision on environmental and conservation issues as Patagonia pursues its mission: being in business to save the home planet.

Mercaris

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE  Kellee James is Founder and CEO of Mercaris, a start-up company that provides a market information service and online trading platform for organic and non-GMO crops and ingredients. Kellee currently serves on the Board of Oregon Tilth. Kellee has an interest and experience in values-driven entrepreneurship, finance, and governance issues.

Clif Bar

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE  Karen is Vice President of Sales for Clif Bar & Company. She brings three decades of experience in the food industry with 15 years at Clif Bar & Company. Karen is inspired by Clif Bar’s commitment to create a healthier, more just, and sustainable food system. Guided by the company’s five bottom lines of Sustaining It’s People, Business, Brands, Community and the Planet, Karen leads Clif Bar’s Natural, Mass & Club business teams.

General Mills

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE, CHAIR  Bob Kaake is Organic & Natural Technical Director at General Mills. He leads a passionate team of product development and quality professionals to ideate, develop, and bring innovations to market that drive Annie’s and General Mills' long-standing mission to create great-tasting foods that are better for people and the planet. Bob firmly believes meaningful partnerships across all levels of the organic supply chain are the key to a successful food company.

Organically Grown Company

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE, CHAIR  David Lively farmed professionally before joining the staff as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing and serving on the Board of Organically Grown Company. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Food Trade Association, Organic Produce Wholesalers Coalition and the Organicology Conference. He has also served on the Boards of Oregon Tilth and the Organic Seed Alliance.

Amy's Kitchen

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE, VICE CHAIR  Paul is the Senior Director of Sustainability for Amy's, producer of organic frozen meals and soups. He oversees Amy’s Planet Strategy, which includes integrating sustainability into all aspects of the business, including sourcing and agricultural practices, manufacturing operations, and products. He also leads Amy’s Policy and Advocacy Strategy, and is a member of Amy’s Leadership Group.

Yorkshire Valley Farms

CANADA, VICE PRESIDENT  James is the CEO of Yorkshire Valley Farms, a producer and marketer of organic poultry products. During James time as the CEO, the company went from a grassroots startup to a Canadian leader in organic poultry. James has also been successful in implementing new programs that helped support and enhance the organic chicken industry both domestically and internationally. James is excited to increase his involvement Canada Organic Trade Association.

Organic Valley

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE & ORGANIC PAC  As Director of Government and Industry Affairs for Organic Valley, Adam oversees the cooperative’s government affairs and engagement with industry trade groups. His duties include cultivating relations with policymakers, engaging administrative agencies, and driving forward-facing public relations with numerous food, farm and media stakeholders.