Julia Stewart, who for the past two-and-a-half years has served as public
relations director for the Produce Marketing Association, is stepping down
from that post. Her last day is Friday, Jan. 21.
Ms. Stewart, who wrote in an email that she remains "passionate about our
industry," cited family obligations as her reason for leaving the association.
She said that she wants to devote more time to her two young children, and
that she is engaged to be married this spring to Dennis Courtier, an apple
grower and marketer.
Prior to joining PMA, Ms. Stewart operated her own consulting business,
Clarity Communications LLC, and she said that she would reactivate that
Before founding Clarity Communications, Ms. Stewart was vice president of
public relations for U.S. Apple Association in McLean, VA. For USApple, she
directed the association's consumer outreach activities to promote U.S. apples
and apple products, including founding the apple industry's nutrition research
and promotion program. She also directed the apple industry's crisis
communications activities on issues ranging from food safety to
biotechnology, often working in coordination with PMA and other industry
organizations. Her industry service has included chairing the Produce for
Better Health Foundation's communications committee.
PMA has launched a search to replace Ms. Stewart as public relations director.
Meg Miller, public relations manager for PMA, will handle the duties on an
interim basis until a permanent replacement is named.