Carmela Beck has worked in organic food and farming for 13 years. She worked as the Senior Organic Program Manager at Driscoll’s, Inc, building long-term partnerships with nurseries, growers, and handlers to ensure compliance with global organic standards throughout the Americas. Carmela managed the certification program including inspections, inputs, production practices, plant material, traceability, labeling, and exports all with the goal of maintaining the organic integrity of Driscoll’s berries across the entire supply chain. In addition, she also managed external organic trade, certifier and governmental industry relations.
Prior to joining Driscoll’s, Carmela worked as an Americorps member at Barrio Logan Elementary School, as an Application Review Specialist at Quality Assurance International, a leading organic certification agency, and at the UCSC American Indian and Educational Partnership Centers.
Carmela holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and received a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also received her Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College. She is a committed volunteer who has served on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), participated on Organic Trade Association (OTA) Task Forces, and is a member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE).