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Washington Wine Industry Foundation Elects Board

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February 2nd – The only non-profit Foundation serving the needs of the Washington wine industry elected the 2024 Board of Directors. 

Re-elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors for the Washington Wine Industry Foundation were:

  • Paul Champoux, Owner, Lady Hawk Vineyard
  • Roger Gamache, Owner, Dalee Vineyard; Manager/Member, Gamache Vintners
  • Bill Shibley, Sr. Agriculture Officer/VP, Wheatland Bank
  • Sherri Swingle, Consultant, Charitable Giving and Marketing

Elected to her first term on the board was Claire Mitchell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP.   Claire has spent more than a decade representing wineries and other beverage alcohol and hospitality businesses in the Pacific Northwest. She advises producers both regional and national, importers, vineyards, restaurants, hotel operators, alcohol brand owners, and others on a wide range of state and federal alcohol regulatory and licensing matters.

Other board members include:

  • Cory Brown, CFO, Long Shadows
  • Jeremy Camden, Senior Vice President, Bank of America
  • Catherine Jones, Vit/Specialty Crop Advisor, Wilbur-Ellis Co.
  • Craig Pacheco, Attorney, Stoel Rives LLP
  • Adam Ramirez, President, Coventry Vale

Funding solutions to industry challenges, since 2002 the Foundation has been awarded over $3 million in grants supporting winemaking and winegrape growing, and has awarded $480,000 to over 250 viticulture and enology students, in addition to other programs and services. 

For more information go to:  https://washingtonwinefoundation.org/

About the Foundation

A dynamic network of wine industry professionals united by a common vision: to foster a thriving Washington wine industry. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Foundation facilitates, manages, and distributes funding to confront challenges and invest in solutions including scholarships, industry events, and sustainability such as pest control, clean plants, risk management, safety, and more. Through collaboration and partnerships, the Foundation honors the industry’s heritage while forging a path to a flourishing future for Washington wine. To learn more, visit www.washingtonwinefoundation.org.

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