Cindy Brown, one of the co-owners and president of Chippewa Valley Bean Co in Menomonie, was elected executive vice president of the Global Pulse Confederation (GPC), the governing body of growers, processors, exporters and buyers of beans, peas, lentils and chick peas.
During its annual meeting held in Vancouver, Brown was voted in as the first female to hold the position. She was the first woman to hold the office of regional vice president as well as the first and only female to hold the presidency of the United States Dry Bean Council.
GPC works for transparency and sustainability in all sectors and aspires to contribute to global food security and improved health and nutrition. The GPC executive board consists of up to 30 members from all over the world elected from the membership. Board positions are voluntary, non-profit and carry no remuneration.
The not-for-profit peak body for the whole global pulses industry value chain with membership from 18 national associations.