The Non-GMO Project is excited to announce its newest addition to the team, Skylar Boorman. Selected from over 30 applicants to fill the new Communications Manager position, Skylar will hire and oversee administrative interns, keep in contact with retailers and manufacturers in the natural products industry, maintain the Upland, CA office, and coordinate events and fundraisers, among other tasks.
Skylar is fresh out of Pomona College and ready to put in long hours for what he describes as “exciting and important work.” He showed experience in leadership and organizing, coursework in relevant fields and a persistent interest in the Non-GMO Project – after applying and interviewing in February, Skylar showed that sometimes the second time is the charm.
According to Non-GMO Project Executive Director Megan Westgate, “We’re thrilled to have Skylar join our team. Our undertaking is enormous for a staff of only a few people, and each person’s contribution is essential. Skylar’s enthusiastic can-do attitude, people skills, environmental commitment and intelligence made him an excellent candidate, and his perseverance (applying twice in a 6 month period!) won him the position. Skylar started working full time for the Project on August 2nd and we’re already convinced we made the right choice.”
Featured below is a brief Q&A to help you get to know Skylar.
1. What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project – what about this opportunity caught your attention?
My time in Pomona’s Environmental Analysis department exposed me to a wide range of important environmental issues but didn’t really focus me down on any one of them. All I could say about my long-term goals is that I want to build my experience toward a career in environmental leadership. While that goal of mine was pretty vague, I knew as soon as I heard about this position with the Project that it would be a huge step in the right direction.
I think I would have found most entry level positions mundane and understimulating. The Non-GMO Project offers me a wide range of responsibilities and challenges and the freedom to work and excel at my own pace.
Finally, a big part of my job will be communicating with clients and partners, which is awesome. I’d go nuts if wasn’t talking to people.
2. How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO Project?
Taking classes and doing an Oldenborg Research Grant from Pomona has familiarized me with research as well as written and oral communication, while instilling in me a passion for environmental issues. Directing sports camps in Seattle in high school taught me to take on big responsibility, create schedules and manage younger employees. Acting as co-president of the Claremont Colleges Roller Hockey club honed my outreach, organizational and leadership skills. Finally, jumping into all-French classes during my semester abroad in Montpellier reminded me how much I like rising to meet and beat new, complex challenges.
3. What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
I am truly excited to work for the Non-GMO Project because it is a really awesome company with an important goal. I also like our positive approach. Rather than trying to attack and eliminate GMOs from our world (which someone should eventually do, by the way…), the Project is all about supporting those members of the North American food system that are committed to creating a product without using GM technology. Another big part of our mission is just to inform the consumer about what they’re buying. It’s inexcusable that that information has been kept from