( Photo and logo courtesy EFI; graphic by Amelia Freidline )

The Equitable Food Initiative, Washington, D.C., has promoted Kenton Harmer to a new position at the organization, managing director.

Since 2013, Harmer has been EFI’s director of certification and impact. Before that, he was director of the sustainable agriculture practice at Milepost Consulting, where he implemented sustainability programs with Driscoll’s, the National Mango Board, NatureSweet Tomatoes and other companies, according to a news release.

As managing director, Harmer is responsible for the quality assurance and management systems to help EFI scale successfully.

“As demand for our program grows and we scale our operations, we recognize the need to strengthen our internal management systems,” Peter O’Driscoll, executive director, said in the release. “Kenton has all the right skills and experience. He built our certification program from scratch, and has helped the farms we certify to continuously improve their systems and workplace culture.”

Harmer will work with the business development, workforce development, certification, marketing and operations teams to improve efficiency, according to the release.

“He has a unique talent for systems, data and people – all skills that will be invaluable in taking our organization and team to the next level,” LeAnne Ruzzamenti, director of marketing communications, said in the release.

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