Laura Batcha

CEO & Executive Director
Organic Trade Association


Laura Batcha is CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association, an umbrella organization representing more than 9,500 organic businesses across the $52 billion U.S. sector, including farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, certifiers and regional producer organizations. She brings more than 25 years of hands-on involvement in the organic sector including as a certified organic producer and handler, and more than a decade of experience in various leadership roles in the private sector of the organic industry.

Under her leadership, the Organic Trade Association has established its Farmers Advisory Council to improve communication with organic producers, brought back Sector Councils to build community among groups of members, and developed the Organic Trade Association’s voice in Washington through Organic PAC. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on conducting research on the health and environmental benefits of organic and problem-solving through applied research.


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