Gwendolyn Wyard has joined the Organic Trade Association as associate director for organic standards and industry outreach, a new position.

Wyard will assist Laura Batcha, the association’s chief of policy and external relations, to work with members of the National Organic Program and the National Organic Standards Board to de-velop regulatory policy positions, according to a news release. She will be based on the West Coast.

Wyard won’t be working with one state, but on a national level, said Barbara Haumann, spokes-woman for the association, Greenfield, Mass.

“She won’t be concentrating one one state, but she certainly will be representing OTA in all kinds of issues and California is a big part of that with all of the agriculture there,” said Barbara Haumann.

Wyard most recently worked with certified organic operations nationally and internationally as technical specialist for organic certifier Oregon Tilth, a non-profit research and education organiza-tion. She was with the Oregon Tilth for seven years.

She has more than 15 years of experience with organic certification at the producer, inspector and certifier level, according to the release.

Organic association adds standards position