CCOF Announces Appointment of Jody Biergiel Colclough as Interim Chief Certification Officer for CCOF Certification Services, LLC

(November 27, 2018) Santa Cruz, CA – CCOF—the nation’s leader in organic certification, advocacy, and education—announced today that Jody Biergiel Colclough has been named interim chief certification officer for CCOF Certification Services, LLC effective November 30. Colclough replaces Jake Lewin, who recently resigned from the position. Lewin will continue to contribute to the agriculture community as CEO of Intact U.S., Inc., the North American arm of Austria-based Intact GmbH, developers of software for audits and inspections, certifications, supply chain traceability, and transparency.
 
Founded in 1973, CCOF’s mission is to advance organic agriculture for a healthy world. It provides services to more than 3,600 members across the United States and around the world. 
 
Colclough joined CCOF in 2006, bringing her eye for detail and a practical approach to certification processes to the CCOF leadership team as she rose through its ranks. Colclough started as a handler/processor inspection report reviewer, and was most recently certification operations director. She has helped design and implement improvements that supported the growth of CCOF, including Organic System Plan forms, management of CCOF’s internal database eCert, updates to online member certification management tool MyCCOF, and materials lists. Before coming to CCOF Colclough earned a Master of Science degree in food policy at Tufts University, studying under former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan.
 
“We are excited to have Jody Biergiel Colclough assume the position of chief certification officer. She is one of CCOF’s most talented rising leaders and has played a key role in making CCOF a national leader in organic certification,” said Cathy Calfo, chair of the CCOF Certification Services, LLC Management Committee and CEO of CCOF. “She follows in the footsteps of Jake Lewin who leaves big shoes to fill. Jody is more than up to the challenge.”
 
“While we will miss Jake’s leadership, CCOF has a deep bench of experienced staff, and we look forward to advancing CCOF’s mission together,” said Colclough. 
 
About CCOF
CCOF advances organic agriculture for a healthy world. We advocate on behalf of our members for organic policies, support the growth of organic through education and grants, and provide organic certification that is personal and accessible.
 
CCOF is a nonprofit organization governed by the people who grow and make our food. Founded in California more than 40 years ago, today our roots span the breadth of North America and our presence is internationally recognized. We are supported by an organic family of farmers, ranchers, processors, retailers, consumers, and policymakers. Together, we work to realize a future where organic is the norm.
 
For more information about CCOF, visit www.ccof.org.
 
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Author contact information: 

CCOF
2155 Delaware Ave., Suite 150
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
lmathias@ccof.org

Author: 
Laura Mathias, CCOF Marketing Director