The U.S. Apple Association has promoted one of its staff members to the newly created position of manager of environmental affairs.
Mitchell Liwanag will represent USApple in matters concerning the environment, which includes pesticides, water, energy, climate and stewardship, as well as identify new areas for the organization to engage and participate in the areas of sustainability and the climate, according to a news release from the Falls Church, Virginia, organization.
Liwanag joined USApple in January 2022 as manager of association management. He previously worked at the National Communication Association and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He earned a master’s degree in public policy, with a concentration in environmental policy, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
“Apple growers have long embraced sustainable farming practices and environmental stewardship,” said USApple President and CEO Jim Bair. “As the industry continues to help lead the charge in sustainability initiatives, it makes sense to add environmental affairs capacity to USApple’s issue portfolios, and Mitchell’s background in environmental policy lends itself to the endeavor.”
—by Ross Courtney