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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.
Gwendolyn Wyard
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.
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.
Nate Lewis
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
Monique Marez
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.
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 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:

Cassandra Christine, Director of Industry Relations, Membership, and Development  (831) 234-5710
Danielle Cote, Member Manager (202) 403-8633
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
Adrienne Messe, Integrated Events & Marketing Project Manager, (202) 403-8634
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
Alexis Carey, Manager, International Trade, (202) 403-8515 
Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, (202) 403-8643
Allison Rice, Engagement Coordinator, Government Affairs & Member Working Groups, (202) 403-8644

Finance and Administration:

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
Lauren Martin, Manager of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, 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

Canada Organic Trade Association
Suite 210-4 Florence Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7
T: 613.482.1717
F: 613-482-2920