Janice Cooper is the Managing Director of the Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) in Portland, Oregon, a position she has held since November 2015. Prior to joining the WMC, she served for six years as Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission and earlier managed the California Association of Wheat Growers. In addition to her experience in the wheat industry, Janice has a broad background in business development and trade policy in the banking, high tech and renewable energy sectors. Janice started her career in Washington, D.C. as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. She returned to D.C. later as the Trade Representative for the State of California.
Janice was recently re-appointed to the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee, the private sector group appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to advise the Federal Grain Inspection Service on its programs and priorities. She is also a member of the Export Council of Oregon, which advises the U.S. Department of Commerce and helps promote U.S. exports.
Janice holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science / International Relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. She speaks Danish and continues working on her Spanish.