We are excited to have James Schaberg join the Non-GMO Project as the Administrative Assistant. James helps ensure operations run smoothly, provides IT solutions, and responds to the general inquires that the Project receives every day.
In 2005 James completed his AS in Aviation-Flight Technology from Northwestern Michigan College. He spent the next decade crisscrossing the North American skies as a commercial pilot—where he experienced the massive agricultural landscapes from the air. James went back to school at Montana State University followed by Western Washington University. He also worked at six natural food stores across the northern U.S.
James’ passion for product transparency and a world free of human-induced genetic modification drew him to the Non-GMO Project. His background includes four years of volunteer non-profit work in Michigan and Washington. From his time in the natural food industry, James compiled a detailed knowledge of non-GMO products and our food systems from farm to table.
Out of the office, James enjoys spending time in the kitchen, forest hikes, and dancing with his family.
What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project – what about this opportunity caught your attention?
I have a keen interest in food transparency and consumers’ right-to-know about the products they purchase. I was drawn to this opportunity by witnessing the Non-GMO Project’s achievements in providing individuals and groups the ability to make informed choices.
How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?
The six natural food companies and cooperatives I worked for educated me about the non-GMO product industry, challenges and successes. In Michigan and Washington, I have held board positions with two non-profit organizations; these gave me insight into building community awareness and support. My aviation background enabled me to experience a multitude of work environments and challenging projects, which is a valuable asset in any career. I am thrilled to bring my skills and experience to the Non-GMO Project team.
What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
Our earth is the home to thousands of complex organisms in balance with one another. The genetic manipulation of one of more species by humans could have vast environmental impacts, while putting copious lives in jeopardy. The Project’s work is vital for our communities, since the mission enables people to become educated and aware of GMO products, ingredients and non-GMO choices.