Laura Batcha is CEO/executive director of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), a membership association that represents 85,000 organic businesses, including growers, ranchers, dairy farmers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, certifiers, and regional farming associations.

Laura oversees staff at OTA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and its Vermont, California, Washington State, and Oregon offices.

Laura has been directly involved in organic production and handling for more than 20 years, and has over 10 years of hands-on experience in the private sector of the organic industry. She has been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to serve as a representative of the organic industry on two separate Federal Advisory Committees. The first, AC21, advises USDA on issues related to coexistence of biotechnology and organic and identity-preserved agriculture. The second, APAC, is the agricultural policy advisory committee dedicated to international trade.

She also serves on the board of trustees for The Organic Center, an independent non-profit research and education organization.

Laura attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and holds a master’s in management science from Marlboro College, with an emphasis on new technology applications