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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.

Lisa Spicka PhotoLisa Spicka
Associate Director

Lisa Spicka is the Associate 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.

Jennifer Pappalardo
Education and Research Assistant

Jennifer’s interest in sustainability and the organic foods industry developed through her customer service work in natural foods stores. After graduation from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Liberal Studies, Jennifer worked for construction and utility companies where she developed an interest in sustainable development. Jennifer has an MBA in Sustainable Business, with an emphasis in Government Policy and Administration and has sustainability reporting training, including the GRI G4. In addition, Jennifer was among the first cohort of professionals to acquire the International Society of Sustainability Professionals Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) certificate.

Jennifer currently utilizes her research, writing, marketing, and sustainability reporting skills at SFTA to assist in the development of sustainability tools and education programming for the organic sector. She lives in Eugene, Oregon. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys playing with her daughter and Golden Retriever, and spending time with her husband, in the beautiful woods and beaches of Central Oregon.