Coffee Quality Institute Appoints New Leadership


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Dr. Tina Yerkes, Ph.D., has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Coffee Quality Institute. For more than 20 years, the Institute has been dedicated to improving the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it, through connecting stakeholders with necessary resources to grow. Yerkes will bring with her years of experience in the non-profit sector, working on projects ranging from small grassroots organizations to large global entities.

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen to lead CQI into its next phase,” says Yerkes. “There is a great deal of passion in the CQI staff and board, and I am convinced we will grow programs and partnerships significantly over the next several years as we strive for greater impact on coffee quality and the farming communities who depend of this industry for their livelihoods.”

David Roche, who served as the Institute’s Executive Director for more than six years, is moving into the newly created role of International Programs Director, to further grow the organizations international programs.

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