Meet our group of experts helping to develop the strategic priorities of the Avocado Sustainability Center. Their contributions will elevate sustainability principles across the industry and guide research topics to expand our learning and opportunity to innovate and continually improve.
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Co-Founder/CEO of Portafolio – Verde Antioquia, Colombia
Alejandro has over 17 years of experience in the sustainability space and currently serves as the executive director of a sustainability consulting firm based in Colombia. His strategic insights and resourcefulness come from his work as an entrepreneur and various positions on local boards.
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Ana P. Ambrosi
Director of Corporate Communications, Crisis and PR for Avocados From Mexico
Ana leverages her 20+ years’ experience as a communicator to develop and effectively promote messaging on complex topics like sustainability and international business. Her leadership roles strengthen her expert counsel on industry communications strategy and marketing.
Founder/ Former President of Del Rey Avocado Company
For the past 48 years, Bob has been on all sides of the avocado industry—grower, packer, importer, exporter, and marketer. He currently applies his unique, big picture understanding of industry challenges and opportunities related to sustainability to roles on numerous boards and marketing committees.
Regional Grower Relations Manager for Mission Produce
Connor is a passionate industry expert that specializes in identifying and communicating common needs and solutions across a larger geography. He looks forward to applying his problem-solving skills and relationships to help the industry adopt more sustainable practices.
Jaime A. Rivas Campbell
MSc Corporate Finance for Global Frut
As a second-generation avocado farmer, Jaime has strong roots in both the business and production side of the industry. He has first-hand insights on today’s growing practices and the path forward to make everyday operations more sustainable.
Founder of Simpatica
Jamie holds a deeply rooted respect for the land that comes from being a fourth-generation grower and having more than 18 years’ experience in the produce industry. He strives to leverage his passion for sustainability practices to create a better future for the industry.
Executive Director of Corpohass, the colombian association of hass avocados growers and exporters
Jorge is an avocado industry leader with over 20 years of experience touching all sides of the industry: business, marketing, and sustainability. With his international business experience and leadership on boards, Jorge uses his expertise and network to advocate for sustainable practices across the global industry.
PRODUCER | IMPORTER
Chairman for the Chilean Avocado Committee & Head of Investment for San Jose Farms
Jose knows the ins and outs of producing, importing, and exporting avocados. Growing up in the industry, Jose understands the critical need for sustainability to be at the center of production to leave a legacy for future generations.
Vice President industry affairs & operations for California Avocado Commission
Over the past 12 years, Ken has been a part of industry strides to address pressing issues such as sustainability and food safety. He is an advocate for developing tools and technology that help avocado farmers continually improve as stewards of the planet’s resources.
General Manager for Exportadora y Servicios El Parque SpA
Sebastian has an international perspective on the avocado business from 30+ years of experience in production and marketing avocados in different countries. His strategic insights are fueled by a strong knowledge and understanding of different cultures and sustainability practices.
Jose Antonio Castro
Commercial Manager at Agrokasa
Working in the Peruvian fruit market for more than 25 years, Jose Antonio is proud and eager to contribute best practices, such as farm worker programs, that contribute to the country’s continual improvements in sustainability.
IMPORTER | PRODUCER
President and CEO at Westfalia Fruit U.S.A
Growing up in an agriculture family and serving for more than 20 years in the industry, Raina has strong personal and professional insights on what it takes to run a successful farming operation. Her experience in food safety and quality systems provides valuable perspective on ways businesses can balance investments in stewardship, innovation, and productivity.
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