CCOF Announces Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo’s Departure

CCOF Initiates Search for New CEO
(August 13, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF—the nation’s leader in organic certification, advocacy, and education—announced today that its long-serving Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo will step down from her position once a successor has joined the organization. CCOF announced at the same time that it is initiating a search to identify a new leader.
An expert in organizational development and management with a passion for organic agriculture, Calfo has served as Executive Director/CEO of CCOF since 2011. During her seven-year tenure, she has guided the organization through periods of both growth and challenge. She leaves behind a legacy of a revitalized and growing CCOF Foundation that supports the growth of organic, a slew of policy and advocacy achievements that support organic policies, and a growing organic certification business that has continued to provide unparalleled certification services to the organic community.
Founded in 1973, CCOF’s mission is to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world. It provides services to more than 3,600 members across the United States and around the world. 
“An important part of CCOF’s legacy is making positive change by advancing organic agriculture. I’m enormously proud to be part of this legacy and to set the stage for a next era of CCOF leadership,” said Calfo. “I’m aso appreciative to have the opportunity to help define the next chapter for CCOF as the organization identifies a great new leader.” 
“Cathy has dedicated herself to advancing CCOF’s mission for the last seven years and has played a critical role in shaping CCOF into the organization that it is today,” said CCOF Board of Directors Chair Phil LaRocca. “Cathy’s service through years of both growth and challenge has positioned our organization for continued success after her departure. On behalf of the CCOF Board of Directors, I would personally like to thank her for her great work. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with her. She was gracious as a leader of the organization and working with me on some of the challenges we faced.  I know she will be a success at whatever venture lies ahead for her.” 
CCOF is drawing on the steps in its succession plan to guide the process of selecting a new CEO. It has formed a search committee to oversee the process and has retained executive search firm Vetted Solutions to coordinate the search. The search has commenced, and the organization’s goal is to have a new CEO identified by the end of the year. 
“The CCOF Board of Directors recognizes the critical importance of this position to the long-term health of the organization and we are well-prepared for this transition. We will keep our membership updated on the progress of the search through announcements on the website and via other online communications channels,” said LaRocca.
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About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
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