Janice Cooper is the Managing Director of the Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Oregon, a position she has held since November, 2015. Prior to joining the Wheat Marketing Center, she served for six years as the 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 served on 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, from 2012-2018. She is currently a member of the Export Council of Oregon, an advisory group for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Janice completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science / International Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles. She speaks Danish and continues working on her Spanish.