After earning her B.A. in Sociology from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, Madison spent time in Vermont serving with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Her work with youth development and environmental education based community organizations fueled her passion for nonprofit and mission-driven work and cultivated her interest in sustainable food systems and food education. Prior to joining The Non-GMO Project, Madison worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator for a community-owned food cooperative in Burlington, VT.
Her passion for food education and transparency is what brings Madison to the Non-GMO Project. Madison is excited by the education and resources The Non-GMO Project provides, and is looking forward to contributing to the Project as a member of the Client Experience team!
What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project- what about this opportunity caught your attention?
There were many facets of The Non-GMO Project that caught my attention. As someone who uses the little orange butterfly when they shop, I was excited by the Verification process and the opportunity to contribute to that work. Most importantly for me though was the opportunity to work for a mission-driven organization. I was excited by the prospect of engaging with our food system in a new way and supporting the work The Project is doing to build a source of Non-GMO foods.
How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO project?
Thus far, my professional experience has been rooted in nonprofit and mission-driven experiences. The opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA brought me from the PNW to the amazing little state of Vermont during which I was exposed to a host of incredible experiences including supporting a nature based education program, and working for a community-owned food cooperative. Both of these experiences underlined my love for working with people – something that I look forward to continuing in my role with the Client Experience Team. These opportunities also cultivated my curiosity and my desire to learn more about the ever changing world of food!
What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
I believe that we all have a right to choose what we feed our bodies, and that starts with having transparency in our food system. It is important to me that education is at the forefront of the Project’s mission and I am excited by the opportunity to contribute to that work.