Betsy Ward

President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive position at the Hardwood Federation, a trade association representing over 15,000 hardwood producers across the United States.   From 1991 to 1995 she served as the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council and from 1995 to 2003, she ran the Wood Products International group at the American Forest & Paper Association, directing the wood trade policy and global forestry agenda for the industry.   In 2011, Ward was elected Chairman of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) which represents the interests of more than 80 commodity organizations who grow and process a wide variety of U.S. agricultural products. USAEDC works to assist them in their export promotion efforts, specifically those in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.  Since 2011, Ward has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) working to ensure healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving, responsible seafood economy.   Ward served for six years as a cleared advisor on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for forest and paper products (ITAC-7) and was appointed forest products representative to USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) in 2001.   Ward holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.

Betsy Ward

President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation

Betsy Ward was appointed President and CEO of the USA Rice Federation in 2007.  The USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry representing over 10,000 rice farmers, all U.S. based rice mills, merchants and other allied industries.  From 2003-2005, she was the Vice President of International and Domestic Promotion at the USA Rice Federation where she was in charge of developing and implementing  domestic and international promotion and food aid programs.    In 2005, Ward moved to the chief executive position at the Hardwood Federation, a trade association representing over 15,000 hardwood producers across the United States.   From 1991 to 1995 she served as the Executive Director of the American Hardwood Export Council and from 1995 to 2003, she ran the Wood Products International group at the American Forest & Paper Association, directing the wood trade policy and global forestry agenda for the industry.   In 2011, Ward was elected Chairman of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC) which represents the interests of more than 80 commodity organizations who grow and process a wide variety of U.S. agricultural products. USAEDC works to assist them in their export promotion efforts, specifically those in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.  Since 2011, Ward has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership an independent non-governmental organization (NGO) working to ensure healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems; secure seafood supplies; and a thriving, responsible seafood economy.   Ward served for six years as a cleared advisor on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for forest and paper products (ITAC-7) and was appointed forest products representative to USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) in 2001.   Ward holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters degree from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.