The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is pleased to announce that Bridget Carrington has assumed the role of chair of the board of trustees. The advancement follows many years of service to the organization.
"I have served on the board of CQI for the past decade, initially on behalf of Dormans Coffee and then on behalf of the Ecom Group as a whole, a company which prides itself on its pursuit of sustainability,” said Carrington. “Ensuring a sustainable livelihood for farmers is central to CQI's mission, and my role as chair of the board of trustees allows me to continue to contribute positively as I develop my continued place in the coffee world.”
Carrington spent thirty-six years working in the coffee industry and continues to consult in the specialty coffee arena using her experience in trading and exporting for the benefit of others when she isn’t working with CQI. She notes that the pandemic has been a test for coffee producers and CQI.
“The past year has been incredibly challenging for the organization,” Carrington continued. “I am extremely proud of everything the team has been able to achieve under very difficult circumstances. I am also lucky that, having left full time employment 18 months ago, I am able to dedicate the time and effort required to support the CEO and staff over the next two years. I am, also, grateful have the help of the new Vice Chair, Kimberly Giroir, Director Global Coffee Quality & Operations at Starbucks Coffee Company as well as the rest of the board of trustees.”
Coffee Quality Institute depends on the board of trustees for oversight and industry connections.
“I’m delighted that Bridget is stepping up and serving in this increased capacity,” Coffee Quality Institute CEO Tina Yerkes offered. “She is so generous with her time and brings an important breadth of experience that informs her work with CQI.”
Carrington noted that coffee is a complicated industry that creates challenges and rewards.
“My career in coffee has been very good to me both professionally and personally,” Carrington elaborated. “I can think of nothing better than being able to give something back so that others can benefit from my experience, and have the opportunity of the same knowledge, passion, relationships and friendships. CQI is in a really good place to expand their impact in the coffee producing community, and I am looking forward to a very rewarding experience."