Marni Karlin is the CEA Food Safety Coalition’s first executive director

November 21, 2019

The CEA Food Safety Coalition, comprised of leading controlled environment (CEA) leafy greens producers, has named Marni Karlin the organization's first executive director.web-MarniKarlinMarni Karlin

A seasoned public affairs expert with an extensive background in the food and agriculture industry, Karlin will work closely with coalition members, government agencies and industry experts to develop leading food safety standards for the CEA leafy greens industry. In addition to her work on food safety, Karlin’s role will also focus on growing the coalition’s membership, managing day-to-day operations and leading all communications and advocacy work.

For over a decade, Karlin has leveraged her expertise in policy, communications and law to institute positive change in the food industry. She previously served as vice president of government affairs and general counsel for the Organic Trade Association, where she represented the interests of the organic food, fiber and agriculture sector in Washington, DC. There, she developed deep relationships with participants in the organic sector, crafted and implemented government affairs strategies and engaged Congress and federal and state agencies to further those policy goals. Prior to her work with the Organic Trade Association, Karlin served as counsel to Senator Herb Kohl on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she advised the senator through engaging with coalitions of government, nonprofit, and for-profit stakeholders.

“The CEA Food Safety Coalition is working with the government, with academics and with industry leaders to strengthen what I believe are the most effective food safety standards in the leafy greens industry,” said Paul Lightfoot, chair of the CEA Food Safety Coalition. “Marni brings a demonstrated history of working with these stakeholders to advance positive change that improves the health of our food system. Her leadership will be invaluable as our industry grows.”

“I’m excited to lead the CEA Food Safety Coalition at this pivotal time,” said Karlin. “As a growing sector, it’s critical that we build a community of engaged stakeholders to advocate and educate. This community can then work together with external stakeholders to create a healthier, more sustainable food system, in part through strengthening food safety standards to reflect the realities of our sector and to best protect consumer health. It’s an exciting opportunity for our sector and for the food system in general.”

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