Board of Directors

The Protected Harvest Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of representatives from prominent environmental NGOs, agricultural experts, scientists, and marketing experts. While the staff carries out daily operations, managing the auditing and certification process, the Board of Directors provides organizational oversight and technical review of standards on an ongoing basis.

Will Howarth, PhD, Board President
Professor, Land, Air, and Water Resources
University of California, Davis

Andy Diercks
Owner, Coloma Farms
Coloma, Wisconsin

Jonathan Kaplan
Global Sustainability Director
Compass at Google

Brian McElroy
Vice President, Global Ethics and Standards
Driscoll’s

Charles Mellinger, PhD
Technical Director
Glades Crop Care

Cliff Ohmart, PhD
Ohmart Consulting Services

Kai Robertson
Independent Corporate Sustainability Advisor
Washington, DC

Ann Sorenson
Assistant Vice President of Research
American Farmland Trust
Northern Illinois University

Marc Zammit
Partner
Changing Tastes

Staff

SureHarvest is contracted by Protected Harvest to administer operations and all associated certification processes.  SureHarvest also administers the online self-assessment process for each standard certified against (the online assessment platform is licensed from SureHarvest.).

Clifford Ohmart, Program Manager

Heather Putnam, Interim Certification Coordinator