After 17 years as Chief Marketing Executive, helping grow CROPP Cooperative from $5 million in 1994 to $720 million in 2011, Theresa Marquez has recently changed her role and is now serving as the Mission Executive for the nation’s largest organic farmers’ cooperative and the largest farmer-owned organic brand, Organic Valley.
A pioneer of the natural foods movement, Marquez has been a passionate advocate for organic farming and organic foods since 1978. Well known for her unwavering belief that organic is the key to solving many of the challenges we face today, Marquez has demonstrated that organic can make a difference for farmers, citizens and the planet. In 2010, the Organic Trade Association honored Marquez with the Organic Leadership Award for her outstanding initiative and devotion to organic.
Marquez is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Organic Center, a nonprofit organization that supports scientific research to prove the benefits of organic food.
“The CROPP mission is to keep farmers on the land farming while maintaining the highest standards of environmental stewardship. It just so happens that these methods also produce the best tasting food! Nurturing this mission, so aligned with what we all want for the earth, our families, and our stomach, is immensely joyful work. —Theresa Marquez