(Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m.) Christine Bushway has been appointed executive director of the Organic Trade Association, Greenfield, Mass.

"Her passion for this opportunity, combined with her outstanding leadership skills, association experience and great energy, will help the OTA move to the next level," Julia Sabin, president of the association’s board of directors, said in a news release.

"With recent strengthening of OTA's organizational infrastructure and policy success with passage of the organic provisions in the 2008 farm bill, the association is well positioned to continue on a growth trajectory, and Christine is the right leader for OTA at this time," Sabin said in the release.

The third executive director in the association’s 23-year history, Bushway has spent her entire career in the food and agriculture industries, including positions as chief executive officer of the agricultural trade association and as chief Washington lobbyist for the egg industry.

She succeeds Caren Wilcox, who left the association this summer and plans to reopen her consulting firm, Washington, D.C.-based Caren Wilcox & Associates LLC, which operated from 2001-04.

Bushway named director of organic association
Christine Bushway, new executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

Courtesy Organic Trade Association