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Michael Straus - President
In 1999, Michael launched Straus Communications. Since then, he has worked with a vast network of businesses, community-based organizations, non-profits, foundations and other groups that work together to advance the cause of sustainability in food and agriculture. Along the way, he has earned a reputation as a credible and knowledgeable industry expert, gaining him access to major editors in the food, environmental consumer, and trade press.
Michael has also consulted on organic and sustainable agricultural marketing internationally, including the Republic of Armenia, Russia, and Ukraine where his Russian language skills come in very handy. He has served as a Board member for the Marin Conservation League, the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program, and serves on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. His professional affiliations include the San Francisco Professional Food Society.
Michael attended UC Santa Cruz, graduating with honors in Russian Studies.
Haven Bourque - Vice President
Prior to joining Straus, she served as Director of Marketing and Communications for TransFair USA, the certification and marketing agency for Fair Trade food products in the United States. There she worked with leading companies, including Starbucks, Procter & Gamble, and Dunkiní Donuts to drive consumer awareness of the Fair Trade Certified label to an all-time high.
Haven has utilized her effective communication strategies to help revitalize the San Francisco Symphony by reaching new audiences for contemporary classical music. At 3Com Corporation, she was instrumental in bringing cutting-edge technologies to the global market. And in her early professional life, she guided several start-up companies from initial launch to category leadership.
She also has a long history of involvement with sustainable food and socially responsible purchasing and has lived and worked in Japan, Israel and Guatemala.
Haven holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Kansai Gaikokugo Daigaku of Osaka, Japan, and is a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, SLOW Food, and the marketing committee of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
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