EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COALITION FOR SUSTAINABLE ORGANICS
Lee Frankel is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Sustainable Organics. The Coalition for Sustainable Organics is a group of environmentally and socially responsible growers committed to maintaining the USDA’s current lofty standards for certifying organic produce. Comprised of growers big and small, the CSO advocates for the continued allowance of containerized growing methods (including hydroponic and aquaponic) under the National Organic Program, while enabling growers to select the most appropriate production system for their specific site and commodity needs.
Lee is driven by the desire to better align and coordinate the supply chain from the producer to the packer to the distributor to the customer to the consumer. He has led several fresh fruit and vegetable organizations as the CEO including the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and United Potato Growers of America. He enjoys helping the organizations in the fresh produce industry improve their competitiveness through developing market analyses and strategic operating plans, creating more secure regulatory environments, and improving communication and coordination within a supply chain.