Longtime agriculture sustainability professional Liam Brody is the new chief executive officer of the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA).
Brody succeeds Daniele Giovannucci in the globally focused consortium’s top executive position. Giovannucci co-founded COSA in 2005 before establishing it as a United States nonprofit in 2012.
Giovannucci announced his plans to step down from COSA last fall, while praising Brody’s leadership and encouraging revolutionary approaches to sustainability that challenge agricultural sustainability’s “obsolete paradigms” and the “rotten cement” holding them together.
Originally focused on coffee sector sustainability before expanding to additional agricultural sectors, COSA continues to work with governments, NGOs and private-sector partners in advancing sustainability in the coffee industry through intelligence gathering and strategic tools.
“Liam is the right leader for COSA — he’s someone who can help unlock exponential impact,” COSA Board Chairman Richard Rogers said in an announcement of Brody’s appointment late last month. “As an accomplished and visionary leader, we have full confidence in his ability to drive the transformative change needed to help tackle today’s sustainability challenges.”
Brody previously served as president of United States-based green coffee company Sustainable Harvest, leading growth and impact initiatives from 2017 into 2021. Prior to his time at Sustainable Harvest, Brody was senior vice president at the nonprofit lending organization Root Capital.
“I’m excited to lead an organization that understands sustainability is not just good for the planet; it’s essential for business,” Brody said in the recent announcement. “COSA is at the forefront of this movement, leveraging data to drive sustainability and delivering tangible ROI for our diverse partners. From governments to farmer organizations and brands across agricultural value chains, COSA’s work is pivotal in averting two of the greatest challenges of our time: inequity and the climate crisis.”
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