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The NCA Next Generation 

Meet the future leaders of the coffee industry

From the NCA Newsroom: NCA Announces the “Next Generation Council” To Cultivate Leadership among Younger Industry Members

The Next Generation Council is a new initiative from the NCA to support talented young professionals who are passionate about the coffee industry. 

Whether you want to change your career or change the world, we encourage you to get involved. This is a unique opportunity to build your network, gain real-world leadership experience, and give back to the community. (And you never know where the opportunity could lead.)

Interested in joining the Next Generation? Please submit this form, or contact Matthew Cariani at

About Next Gen


NCA Next Generation Mission Statement

The Next Generation Council will identify, recruit, and engage the next generation of leaders in the US coffee industry. It will encourage the under-40 coffee community to participate in the National Coffee Association by increasing activity and input into events, providing ongoing education, and promoting leadership and development amongst its constituents. Doing so will provide the National Coffee Association with a steady stream of future leaders across the spectrum of the industry.


The group will be structured in two levels: Leadership and General Membership.


You can help shape the future of the NCA - and the coffee industry.

Members of the Next Gen Council will establish themselves as industry leaders through unique, hands-on experience and networking opportunities with NCA Board members and senior executives.

Next Gen Leadership will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the group and working with the NCA Board of Directors. Eight positions are available: four officers (Chair, Past-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer) and four council members. Leadership roles are determined by the NCA External Member Relations (EMR) Committee.

Non-officer council members must chair or co-chair one of the Next Gen Council committees.

Application Deadline: Feb. 9, 2018

General Membership

General membership is open to individuals employed by NCA member companies and who are under the age of 39.

Those interested in being a member of the General Membership should submit this form, or contact Matthew Cariani at

NCA Day of Service

The Next Gen Council is responsible for planning and executing the NCA Day of Service, which coincides with the NCA Annual Convention.

Council members will research potential charities, propose budget allocations (with NCA oversight), and promote the event through a variety of marketing channels.



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