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Kathryn Lawson to be named 2024 Volunteer of the Year

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NEW YORK| FEBRUARY 27, 2024  - The National Coffee Association (NCA) is proud to name Kathryn Lawson of Nestlé 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 Nestlé’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.

NCA President and CEO William “Bill” Murray commented:

“Kathryn’s vision, exceptional analytical skills, and strategic leadership have been critical in identifying and seizing opportunities to dig into the science that helps keep consumers, regulators, and policymakers accurately informed about America’s favorite beverage. Her efforts are invaluable and deeply appreciated by her peers and the entire coffee community.”

Ms. Lawson added:

“It has been an honor to work with the SLC over the past few years, and I am humbled to receive this recognition. I want to thank all the SLC members for their work and dedication, without which our progress on behalf of the coffee community would not be possible.”

NCA will present the Volunteer of the Year Award on March 8 during its 2024 Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Register for the convention here.

For further information, contact media@ncausa.org.




About the National Coffee Association Volunteer of the Year Award

The NCA Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding volunteer who stands out for his/her overall leadership and contributions during the past year.

About the National Coffee Association

The National Coffee Association (NCA) USA, Inc. is the leading trade association serving the U.S. coffee industry through education, advocacy, and connection. NCA members represent an estimated 90% of U.S. coffee commerce with small, medium, and large companies, including growers, importers, exporters, traders, brokers, freight forwarders, roasters, manufacturers, retailers, and allied companies.

Special Thanks to
Eight O'Clock Coffee Company


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Sponsor of the 2024 NCA Individual Recognition Awards