Organic Farming Research Foundation, Santa Cruz, Calif., hired an external relations director.

The new director, Denise Ryan, will lead development of communications, according to a news release from the foundation.

Before working for the foundation, Ryan founded and operated a strategic marketing business in Santa Cruz, specializing in technology, renewable energy, health care and eco-travel clients.

She has also served as director of channel marketing at Oracle Corporation, Redwood Shores, Calif., as well as marketing roles for MicroPro International; The Santa Cruz Operation; Ocean Champions, Capitola, Calif.; and California Certified Organic Farmers, Santa Cruz.

She served as executive director for The Enterprise Network.