Former Gorge Grown Food Network director Michelle McGrath has been chosen to fill a similar position with the United States Association of Cider Makers .
According to a news release, McGrath in her time with the GGFN “worked closely with hundreds of consumers, orchardists, ranchers, farmers, chefs and value-added producers to seek shared solutions to barriers impeding market success and to encourage farmer collaboration throughout the region.”
After leaving GGFN, McGrath moved to Portland to take a position with the Oregon Environmental Council as its Grassroots Engagement & Membership Director.
McGrath holds a Master of Science degree from University of California, San Diego, and a graduate certificate in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. Prior to GGFN, McGrath was a research biologist intrigued by the complexity of sustainable seafood. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
“We are thrilled to have Michelle as our first Executive Director and are confident she will be a great fit and be instrumental in helping grow and lead the organization into the future,” said Mike Beck of Uncle John’s Hard Cider, and also president of the USACM Board of Directors.
McGrath’s main goals in her new role will include hosting a successful CiderCon 2017, developing a member benefits program, implementing a strategic plan for the future, and growing the association membership. She can be reached directly via e-mail.