Malinda League, CMI saleswoman
Malinda League, CMI saleswoman

Columbia Marketing hires saleswoman

Columbia Marketing International, Wenatchee, Wash., recently added Malinda League to its staff. In her new role, League will assist the sales staff, working closely with Mark Hambelton and Joel Hewitt in maintaining product orders and customer relations, according to a news release.

League comes to Columbia with extensive customer service experience, according to the release.

Before coming to Columbia, League worked for Alaska Electric Light and Power Company as a billing specialist.



OTA names international trade manager

Organic produce marketing business updatesMonique Marez joins the Organic Trade Association as its senior manager for international trade. Marez most recently served as strategic projects manager for Great Performances, a hospitality company that specializes in using and promoting organic food.

Marez worked with the James Beard Foundation before Great Performances, according to a news release.

“The organic world is an international world, and Monique’s training in international trade, coupled with her specialty in food and agriculture, will serve us well,” Laura Batcha, CEO and executive director of the Organic Trade Association, said in the release.

Marez is responsible for implementing the association’s international trade strategy through collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, external contractors, and industry representatives. In addition, she will manage the association’s international trade grant funding development.


USDA appoints policy adviser

Organic produce marketing business updatesBetsy Rakola serves as the new organic policy adviser and chairwoman of the USDA’s Organic Working Group.

Rakola comes to USDA with diverse organic experiences, having served first as manager for the National Organic Program’s organic cost share certification program, and, more recently, as an NOP accreditation manager, overseeing certifying agents, according to a news release.

She also previously worked for Oxfam America’s Central America and Mexico programs.

In her new role, Rakola will integrate organic activities into the department’s day-to-day work, helping USDA agencies support organic agriculture. She will assume these roles from Mark Lipson.