The candidates for the guild’s governing board were selected by a five-person CRG election committee following an interview and vetting process.
The five new candidates vying for a two-year term on the 12-member council — which includes four officers and eight members at large — are, in alphabetical order by last name:
- Baylee Engberg, head roaster at Trailhead Coffee Roasters (Portland, Oregon, USA)
- Elena Lokteva, buyer at Ally Coffee (Bogotá, Colombia)
- Emi-Beth Aku Quantson, CEO/Founder of Kawa Moka Coffee Company (Osu, Ghana)
- Jorge Sotomayor, co-owner of Café Estelar and palReal (Guadalajara, Mexico)
- Freda Yuan, Head of Coffee at Origin Coffee Roasters (Cornwall, UK)
All five coffee roasting professionals are scheduled to be on the ballot for the CRG Leadership Council — formerly known as the Advisory Council — with voting taking place between Nov. 23-Dec. 7.
CRG members who were not nominated may be added to the ballot through a petition process that involves the collection of at least 25 verified signatures from fellow CRG members.
For a more complete description of the process, an election timeline or to check out your membership status, check out this post from current CRG Council Chair Jen Apodaca. Additionally, all CRG bylaws can be found here.