United Fresh Produce Association has named a vice president of environmental affairs and sustainability.

United Fresh hires vice president

Burleson Smith, the former director of pest management policy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was named to the position March 28, according to a news release from Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh.

Smith will head the United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Global Produce Sustainability, which was established in 2009 through a grant from Bayer CropScience.

Smith will work with the center’s advisory board on developing farm-to-fork programs involving environmental responsibility.

Smith worked at the USDA from 2002-09 as an appointee of President George W. Bush. His responsibilities at the agency included advising the deputy secretary on pesticide and environmental policy, serving as a liaison with the Environmental Protection Agency and providing expertise to other government agencies on environmental issues.

Most recently, Smith worked as a principal with Policy Navigation Group, a natural resources and environmental issues consultancy.