Cara joins OSA this month with an impressive background in nonprofit development; small business management and public advocacy; and environmental education, consulting, and writing. Micaela Colley, our previous director, will remain on staff in a new role.
Cara most recently worked as the executive director of Sylvestor Manor, a nonprofit educational farm located on Shelter Island, New York, where she managed the day-to-day farm and program operations. She holds degrees in geology and technical writing, and taught environmental science and geology in California, Utah, and Ohio. She also served as editor of the local newspaper on Shelter Island, New York, before joining the nonprofit farm world. She and her husband Mike moved to Port Townsend in 2015.
“Joining the OSA team is a compelling opportunity to continue my commitment to sustainable agriculture and the environment,” says Cara. “I’m eager to work with OSA’s expert researchers, educators, and policy advocates as we grow our capacity to meet the critical needs of organic farmers and the food systems they serve.”
Micaela Colley has served as OSA’s executive director since 2010 and will remain with the organization as project director. She is simultaneously pursuing a PhD in organic plant breeding under the instruction of preeminent breeder Dr. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren at the University Wageningen in the Netherlands.
Micaela has been with OSA since its inception and helped establish the organization as one of the leading seed nonprofits in the US. She has been a key part of the research and education team both before and throughout her tenure as executive director, helping to lead dozens of collaborative organic plant breeding projects with farmers, universities, and seed and food businesses, and teaching more than a hundred organic seed workshops.
“We’re excited to have new leadership at a time when OSA – and the broader organic seed movement – is growing quickly,” says Micaela.