Gwendolyn works on the development of policy strategy through regulatory engagement in the interest of OTA’s mission and its members. She has been actively working in the organic industry for 17 years. She serves on the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) Board of Directors in the OTA designated seat and she serves as Technical Representative in North America for the Global Organic Textile Standard. Prior to OTA, Gwendolyn worked for Oregon Tilth where she served as the Technical Specialist specializing in policy analysis and technical review of materials for use in organic products. She holds a degree in Food Science with a Fermentation Science Option and a minor in Chemistry. Gwendolyn completed her certificate as an independent farm and processing inspector through the International Organic Inspector’s Association (IOIA) in 1997 and has subcontracted for multiple certifiers inspecting a diverse range of operations.