Maureen Wilmot, deputy director of the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Organic Farming Research Foundation, has been tabbed to take over as executive director.
The foundation’s board of directors unanimously voted for Wilmot to succeed Bob Scowcroft when he retires at the end of the year, according to a news release.
Before joining the foundation in February 2009, Wilmot was executive director of the Ocean Wilderness Network, a coalition of environmental groups, the Seatuck Environmental Association, Islip, N.Y., and was a policy analyst with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
“During her nearly two years as deputy director, Maureen demonstrated extraordinary leadership, efficiently guiding the organization through a strategic planning process, identifying organizational priorities and fostering a team approach involving the board of directors and the staff,” Deirdre Birmingham, president of the board, said in the release.
Wilmot, a biologist, has been active throughout her career in policy development, nonprofit management and community activism, according to the release.
“OFRF is a leader in the organic movement,” Wilmot said in the release. “My goal is to amplify that leadership position and help realize our vision of organic as the leading form of agriculture.”