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Laura Batcha
CEO and Executive Director
Laura works closely with OTA's Board of Directors, diverse membership, and professional staff to advance key institutional objectives through strategic planning and program implementation. She brings 20 years of direct experience as a certified organic producer and handler.
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Gwendolyn Wyard
VICE PRESIDENT, REGULATORY AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS
Gwendolyn works on the development of policy strategy through regulatory engagement in the interest of OTA’s mission and its members. She has been actively working in the organic industry for 17 years.
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Maggie McNeil
Director of Media Relations
Maggie handles day-to-day media relations, in addition to developing stories and building relationships with journalists to raise the profile of organic. She has spent more than 20 years writing about the food and agricultural sector.
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Nate Lewis
FARM POLICY DIRECTOR
Nathaniel provides staff support to OTA's Farmer Advisory Council, on-the-ground outreach to OTA's organic farmer membership community, and analysis of policy issues that affect organic crop and livestock producers
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Monique Marez
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Monique manages all of OTA’s foreign market access programs and helps administer technical assistance projects for specialty crops. Her studies focused on food defense, the impact of globalization on agriculture and trade, and the role of trade on harmonization of food safety standards.
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Meet our team and let us know how we can help you address the range of critical issues facing your organic business. If you can’t find what you’re looking for below, contact us at (202) 403-8630 or info@ota.com and we’ll get you connected to the information you’re looking for. 
 
Laura Batcha, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, (202) 403-8512
 

Membership and Sponsorship questions:

Danielle Chagnon, Member Services Coordinator, (202) 403-8633
Hannah Micheaux, Membership Manager (202) 403-8640
Amy Bovaird, Director of Development, (202) 403-8631
Tracy Campany, Events Manager, (202) 403-8632
Douglas Korb, Salesforce Database and Development Coordinator, (202) 403-8637
 

Media and Communications questions:

Maggie McNeil, Director of Media Relations, (202) 403-8514
Barbara Haumann, Senior Writer/Editor, (202) 403-8635
Tessa Young, Vice President, Communications, (202) 403-8642
Angela Jagiello, Associate Director, Conference and Product Development, (202) 403-8636
Kelly Taveras, Digital Specialist, (802) 289-9186
 

Legislative, Regulatory, and International Policy questions:

Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, (503) 798-3294
Kelley Poole, Vice President, Government Affairs, (202) 403-8511
Nathaniel Lewis, Farm Policy Director, (360) 388-6422
Monique Marez, Director, International Trade, (202) 403-8515
Megan DeBates, Director of Government Affairs and Coalitions, (202) 403-8643
 

Finance and Administration:

Kate Nagy, Director of Finance and Administration, (202) 403-8510
Stephanie Jerger, Operations Manager, (202) 403-8513
Janet Martz, Accounting Manager, (202) 403-8516
Jaclyn Root, Accounting Assistant, (202) 403-8639 
 

Canadian questions:

Tia Loftsgard, Executive Director, COTA, (613) 482-1717
Ann Fisbein, Executive Office Manager, COTA, (613) 482-1717
Kirsten Cole, International Relations & Membership Manager, COTA, (613) 482-1717
Jill Guerra, Research & Special Projects Coordinator, COTA, (613) 482-1717
Rebecca Schwartz, Communications Coordinator, COTA, (613) 482-1717
 

Headquarters  |  Washington, D.C.

The Hall of the States, 
444 N. Capitol St. NW, 
Suite 445A, Washington D.C. 20001 United States
Tel: 202-403-8520
 

Member Services  |  Vermont

28 Vernon St,
Suite 413, Brattleboro VT 05301 United States 
Tel: (202) 403-8630
 

Other Locations

Santa Cruz, CA   |   Corvallis, OR   |   Olympia, WA
 

Canada Organic Trade Association

1145 Carling Avenue, Suite 7519
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4
East: 613-482-1717 
West: 250-335-3423 
Fax: 613-236-0743
 

 

 

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