Donnell Brown has been selected as the new president of the National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI), effective April 3. Brown succeeds Camron King as president of the organization.
Brown has worked within the wine industry since 2009, operating the private consulting firm, Between the Vines, LLC. She also served as senior marketing director for Wolffer Estate Vineyard in, Sagaponack, NY, and was the marketing director for Visit Temecula Valley. During her tenure operating Between the Vines, Brown also served as executive director of Long Island Merlot Alliance and was event planner and board member of Harvest East End, East End of Long Island.
Prior to entering the wine industry, Brown had extensive experience in corporate communications for GTE, Verizon Wireless, and Amdocs, Inc.
Brown was selected by a search committee that included NGWI board members Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission; Jerry Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; John Martini, Anthony Road Wine Company; Nick Dokoozlian, E. & J. Gallo Winery; and John Aguirre, California Association of Winegrape Growers.
“The search committee made an excellent choice in Brown as president of NGWI and the board is looking forward to the guidance and leadership she will bring to the organization,” said Craig Bardwell, NGWI chair.
“I am thrilled to join the National Grape & Wine Initiative,” Brown said. “The organization is led by some of the most respected people in the American grape industries and is able to effect game-changing research through a unique collaborative effort. I look forward to supporting and growing NGWI as we work to improve the quality and competitiveness of U.S. table grapes, wine grapes, juice grapes, and raisins.”