Patricia DeChristopher followed her passion for food sustainability and transparency to join the Non-GMO Project as our Director of Standards and Licensing. After beginning her career in chemical engineering, she spent ten years specializing in water law, where—like the food industry—science, policy and law intersect. After working with the non-profit, government, and private sectors, Patricia brings her experience working with diverse stakeholders to build consensus around highly technical and controversial issues to food supply issues. She is excited to apply her experience to the Non-GMO Project Standard and the verification program. Patricia oversees the Standard public comment process and interpretation of the Standard, in addition to licensing and use of the Non-GMO Project’s trademarks.
When not in the office, Patricia spends her time biking, experimenting with new recipes, hanging out with her pup Bella, and exploring her new hometown of Bellingham!
Q&A with Patricia:
What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project and what about this opportunity caught your attention?
I strongly believe that healthy foods should be accessible to everyone and that each individual should be given the opportunity to make his or her own decisions—particularly about the source of his or her food. Verification and labeling of non-GMO foods is essential to ensuring that each person has the information necessary to make that decision. I’m excited to join the Non-GMO Project to further its efforts towards ensuring the availability and sustainability of non-GMO food choices.
How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?
For the last 10 years, I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds—scientists, engineers, ranchers, corporations, governments—on controversial and technical issues that were resolved through communication and collaboration. I look forward to applying that experience developing collaborative solutions to technical problems in my work at the Non-GMO Project.
What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
I am grateful to be able to contribute to the transparency of our food sources, and to have the opportunity to work with stakeholders throughout the supply chain to achieve that goal. I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders to work toward sustainable food systems.