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Sustainable Food Trade Association Staff

k_dimatteo-hi_res croppedKatherine DiMatteo
Executive Director

Katherine DiMatteo is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association as of November 2013. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic industry since 1990. In addition, DiMatteo continues as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates,  a consulting firm whose specialists deliver effective strategies to help organic products and businesses grow. 

Formerly the executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006, she was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex guidelines for organically produced foods.  DiMatteo recently served as the president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Board of Directors and is a founding member of The Organic Center’s Board of Directors.

Sandra Marquardt PhotoSandra Marquardt
Communications Director

Sandra Marquardt is the Communications Director for the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has been involved with the environmental, organic, and sustainability sectors since 1982, working with trade associations, non-profit consumer and environmental organizations, and a public affairs firm.

Marquardt is also president of On the Mark Public Relations which provides media outreach, event coordination, and research services on behalf of the organic food and fiber sectors. She is the former coordinator of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Fiber Council during which time she helped raise the image and awareness of organic fiber products in the national media. She also led the development of the OTA’s organic fiber processing standards, much of which became the basis for the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) and currently serves as the GOTS Representative in North America.

Lisa Spicka PhotoLisa Spicka
Education Director

Lisa Spicka is the Education Director for the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has worked extensively in the organic food/agriculture, manufacturing, and sustainability sectors since 1997 in both the U.S. and Latin America, and speaks fluent Spanish. Lisa offers substantial organic, operational, and sustainability insight to SFTA members.

As President of Maracujá Solutions in White Salmon, WA, Lisa helps clients protect their product and brand integrity through development of sustainable supply chain integrity programs. The former Latin American Coordinator for the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA), she developed broad experience leading global trainings and presentations on organic standards, accreditation, and procedures. As Operations Manager at Cypress Grove Chevre, she designed food safety and labor standards and related training programs, and with Amway-Nutrilite, she created and tracked metrics for “NutriCert,” a program that fosters the sustainability practices of the brand’s global suppliers.