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Our Team

Board Members of the Regenerative Organic Alliance

Elizabeth Whitlow

Executive Director, ROA

Regenerative Organic Alliance

David Bronner

Board Member

Dr. Bronner’s |

Rachel Dreskin

Board Treasurer and Secretary

Plant Based Foods Association |

Sarela Herrada

Board Member


Paul Lightfoot

Board Chair

Patagonia Provisions |

Jeff Moyer

Board Member

Rodale Institute |

LaRhea Pepper

Board Vice Chair

Textile Echange |

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A-dae Romero-Briones

Board Member

First Nations Development Institute |

Our Staff

Elizabeth Whitlow

Executive Director

Elizabeth’s role at the ROA is the culmination of over 20 years working in the field of organic agriculture. She began her career as an advocate for shade-grown, fair-trade, and organic coffee growers in Central America. Since then, she has worked across the spectrum of elevated certifications, both in farming and ranching, earning high-level placements with organizations such as CCOF and EarthClaims.  Her greatest honor is to serve a planet that is in tremendous need of each and every one of us. She resides in Northern California with her dog Hazel, growing food and community.

Paul Alvarez

Program Director

An advocate for organic, social, and environmental sustainability, Paul comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in designing and implementing strategies, project management, creating frameworks, and external and internal stakeholder management. He is bilingual with cross-cultural and multi-category experience in international contexts.  Paul resides in Northern California with his family.

Daniel Araujo

Standards & Quality Assurance Manager

As an agronomist, Daniel has spent 10+ years working with international certifiers dedicated to various organic, social and environmental programs. His experience as an auditor, certification officer and operations manager enable Daniel to constantly improve ROA Standards & Assurance. Based in Brazil, he brings a global south perspective on agri-food and certification systems.  Daniel resides in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Agatha Brinkley

Senior Communications Manager

With an off-grid farmstead, Agatha has spent nearly as many hours moving cows to fresh pasture as sitting behind a desk. She has dedicated her career to advancing regenerative agriculture through local, regional, and national organizations as a means toward resilience, restoration, and vitality in our food and fiber systems. She brings twenty plus years of experience in nonprofit leadership from strategy development, to fundraising, program development, and communications. Agatha, her husband, four children, two dogs, and a menagerie of livestock live in a 200-acre intentional community on the ancestral land of the Tutelo in VA.

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Angela Jackson

Quality Assurance

Angela is a certified organic farmer in the USA, advocate, educator, and international lead auditor with more than 15 years of experience in organic inspection, production for crops and livestock, quality assurance, and lead auditing across many organic, environmental, and animal welfare programs for national and private certification programs. Angela brings an international perspective and farmer lens to the ROA team.  She lives on her farm in South Dakota with her family.

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Charlotte Martin

Certification Coordinator

Growing up on a small farm in rural Massachusetts, Charlotte learned the importance of regenerative organic agriculture and stewardship of the environment. Prior to the ROA, she worked for an organic certification agency, supporting organic audits, and worked on farms internationally, where she gained extensive knowledge of agricultural practices. Her experience allows Charlotte to successfully guide new applicants as they navigate requirements for the program. She lives in Asheville, NC with her dog Stevie.

Ariana Rascol

Administrative Assistant

Ariana learned in her studies that healthy human development cannot occur without holding policy makers accountable to change our food system and how we treat the earth. She embraces the opportunity to bring her skills and passions to the ROA and broader regenerative organic movement. She is proud to be a part of the solution and bring her bright light to our team. She is based in Vancouver, WA.

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Jen Silverman

Certification Specialist

Jen is a flower farmer and community organizer with 20+ years of experience working in the organic certification industry.  She served as a New Mexico state inspector and as a freelance inspector across the US, becoming an expert in all scopes of certification, including livestock, processing, and crops. With a master’s degree in Community Regional Planning, Jen loves to collaborate with land stewards to rebuild resilience in local and traditional food systems. This passion led Jen to regenerative organic agriculture and the ROA.  She lives with her family in NM, USA.

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Evelyn Rosas

Certification Manager

Evelyn was an organic farmer for 16 years, specializing in produce, seed production, and has animal husbandry experience. As an organic farming educator and organic certification inspector for a decade, she has been honored to serve hundreds of working farmers all over the country to grow to their full potential. Evelyn oversees the certification team, the myROC database program, and helps steward applications along the certification journey, she is based in Eugene, OR.

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Katy Williams

Operations Manager

As a passionate environmental advocate, Katy knew she needed to focus not only her personal time but her professional work to address the challenges of climate change. She transitioned from a 20-year career in experiential marketing production, to bring her strengths in client relations, marketing, project management and strategic planning to the ROA.  When not at her desk you can find Katy in her community garden plot or her home garden planting more California natives.

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