Cathy Calfo is the new executive director of California Certified Organic Farmers, Santa Cruz.

Organic group names new executive director


She succeeds Peggy Miars, who left the organization last year to become executive director of Organic Materials Review Institute, Eugene, Ore.

“Cathy is a real catch for CCOF,” Will Daniels, chairman of the board of directors, said in the release. “I’m confident that under Cathy’s direction, the CCOF staff will grow from its already impressive scale of operation and effectiveness to even higher levels of achievement, prominence and relevance for organic farming and food production.”

Calfo was California deputy state treasurer 1999-2004 and has been active in the organic fresh food and clean energy industries. She comes to CCOF from Apollo Alliance, a San Francisco-based coalition aimed at promoting clean energy and jobs. She is a founding member of the Commission for the Prevention of Violence against Women for the city of Santa Cruz and has served on the city’s planning commission and the board of directors for a Santa Cruz homeless shelter for teenagers, according to the release.

“I’m excited about leading CCOF as it enters its fourth decade as a key national force in supporting and promoting organic,” Calfo said in the release. “Our vision is to be the leading voice for organic as we certify products, educate consumers and shape forward-thinking policies.”