The Non-GMO Project is excited to welcome Toyo Garber to the team, as the new Public Relations Assistant.
Toyo is a Western Washington University graduate with a BA in Marketing, and minors in Spanish and Viola Performance. Her work background includes experience with companies in the seafood and healthy snack industries. She feels fortunate to have grown up with parents who understood the importance of healthy food; and as an avid cook, she appreciates knowing where her ingredients come from.
Outside of work Toyo enjoys snuggling with her German Shepherd-Akita mix, Bear. She also loves cooking with her boyfriend, working on remodeling projects in their home, being active and spending time with friends.
Q&A with Toyo:
What interests you about working with the Non-GMO Project and what about this opportunity caught your attention?
Word is starting to spread rapidly about organic and non-GMO foods, and the opportunity to join in on the education effort jumped out at me. I’ve always wanted to feel like the job I’m doing is more than just a job—and with the Non-GMO Project, I can say for the first time that I’m working towards something I really care about.
How do you think your prior experience will help you in working with the Non-GMO Project?
My experience working for KIND Snacks definitely fueled my interest in GMOs while also letting me brush the surface of the subject (some of their products are Non-GMO Project Verified). Working as their brand ambassador brought me a love of talking to people, and an eagerness to educate—both of which I should have plenty of opportunity to do at the Project.
Working at Bornstein Seafoods, an MSC certified sustainable fishery, fueled my interest in understanding where food comes from. My time in their export sales department also improved my organizational systems skills and gave me experience in communication and patience, often under multiple deadlines—another skill that I’m sure will be useful here!
What is important to you about the work you will be doing with the Project?
Education. It’s so important to know not only what food you are putting into your body, but also what the effects of that food are on our environment and economy. So many people are unaware of the impacts and repercussions of GMOs. I’m excited to share information with others (and to keep learning myself), so that more consumers can make informed choices.