Welcome, Kara!

March 18, 2014

kara_swansonWe are pleased to welcome Kara Swanson to our growing team in the position of Office Manager. Kara’s experience offers much needed support for our entire staff, and we’re thrilled to have her onboard as employee number 10!

Kara was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and recalls fond childhood memories living on their family hobby farm raising chickens, goats, pigs, one small cow named Ferdinand, two cats and their Border Collie dog, Katie.  After her father was offered a job in Vancouver, B.C. her family uprooted and moved to Canada where she was raised in the lower mainland of Vancouver suburbs for 21 years. She moved back to the U.S. in 2004.

Outside the office, Kara enjoys being in nature—whether the time is spent hiking, swimming, strolling on the beach or riding her mountain bike. Spending quality time with her two energetic children also tops the list.

Below is a Q&A to help you get to know Kara.

What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project — what about this opportunity caught your attention?

I have always had a fondness for nature and animals, and I am passionate about health and wellness in general. Being a mother of two young children, I want to know what is in the food I’m eating and feeding my family. I want to protect my children from any potential health risks, and this drives my support of the Non-GMO Project and its mission.

How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO Project?

My 15+ years in the administrative field will provide the Project team valuable computer, organizational and communications skills.  Some of my responsibilities in my previous job at Comfort Institute included coordinating events with our executive staff; it sounds like that skill will translate nicely as I help juggle the busy schedules of Project staff!

Research is critical to the mission of the Non-GMO Project, and I’m eager to utilize my aptitude in asking questions, digging for answers and compiling data. I look forward to putting my background knowledge and qualifications toward this vital organization that aligns so well with my personal values.

What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?

It’s important to me that I support my fellow team as we work toward providing consumers informed choices. Being committed to the Non-GMO Project’s vision, I am very excited for the opportunity to create incredible change in our society as a whole.