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Volunteer of the Year at the NCA 2015 Annual Convention

Volunteer of the Year Award

2025 Nomination Deadline: TBA

The dedication and expertise of NCA member volunteers make our work possible - especially given the association's small staff.

All of our volunteers give back to our industry in many important ways. Each year, the NCA recognizes one outstanding volunteer who stands out for his/her overall leadership and contributions during the past year.

The award is presented at the NCA Annual Convention.


Award Eligibility and Nomination

The NCA encourages all members to submit nominations for the Volunteer of the Year.

The nomination process for the National Coffee Association Volunteer of the Year is now completely online!

Please review the Terms & Conditions for info on eligibility criteria and the nomination process for the NCA Volunteer of the Year Award.


Submit Nomination


Questions: Contact Terri Bartlett, Director of Member Relations at trbartlett@ncausa.org or at 646-924-4039


2024 Volunteer of the Year: Kathryn Lawson

The National Coffee Association (NCA) is proud to name Kathryn Lawson of NestlĂ© USA as the recipient of the 2024 NCA Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Eight O'Clock Coffee Company, in recognition of her efforts bringing expert scientific insights and critical analysis to the coffee community.


In addition to her role as NestlĂ©’s Director for Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Ms. Lawson has served on the NCA’s Science Leadership Council (SLC) since 2020.  She began serving as SLC Chair in early 2023, leading the SLC’s strategic direction and operational workstream. She excels at bringing together experts with diverse views to facilitate progress and enable consensus as the coffee industry navigates complex issues.


Past NCA Volunteers
of the Year


Scott Clemons

Partner, Chief Investment Strategist
Brown Brothers Harriman
New York, NY



Ellen Jordan

CEO & Queen Bean
Global Grounds, LLC.
Tinley Park, Ill.



Brandon Jackson

Senior Vice President, Commodities & Logistics
Brown Brothers Harriman
New York, NY


Monica and Carl Walker

Marketing Director & President
Walker Trading Company
Houston, TX


Mark Corey, Ph.D.

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Special Thanks to
Eight O'Clock Coffee Company


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Sponsor of the 2024 NCA Individual Recognition Awards