Kathleen Phillips joined Monterey, Calif.-based Pro*Act as its new sustainability coordinator, to focus on local foods and other company initiatives.

Mary Wright-Rana, Pro*Act’s marketing director, said Phillips joined the company in November.

Phillips previously was a sustainability consultant for Laguna Beach, Calif.-based Trebol Consulting and earned an MBA in Sustainable Business Management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.

The position was created to further the company’s sustainability initiatives, including creating and committing to sustainability improvements throughout the supply chain and promoting the availability and safety of local produce, according to a news release.

“We are very excited to have Kathleen join our team and to have formalized this very targeted position within our infrastructure,” said Pro*Act president Max Yeater, in the release.