The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) announces the appointment of two new board members, Aileen Rerhrhaye, SVP of Marketing & Trading at Sucafina Specialty and Susie Spindler, Co-Founder of Cup of Excellence (COE) and long-time Executive Director of The Alliance For Coffee Excellence (ACE).
Aileen Rerhrhaye began her professional career in finance, working for JP Morgan, BOA Corp, and Anchor Point Capital in a diversity of investment roles.
A few years after completing an MBA in 2008, she got into coffee trading where she had directed sourcing from Central America, Peru, and Colombia, developed strong relationships with the North American roaster community, and managed a trading team for a commercial trade house.
Aileen is also an active member of the coffee leadership community, currently sitting on the GCA’s Education and Adjudication Committees.
In the past she has served on both GCA Activities Committee and ICE Warehousing & Licensing Committee.
She is currently on the board of the National Coffee Association as well.
Susie Spindler began her career in coffee more than 30 years ago when coffee was rarely identified even by country of origin.
With the International Coffee Organization she managed successful coffee projects that helped to jump start specialty coffee as well as government projects working with coffee farmers.
She also co-founded the Cup of Excellence(COE) program and founder and Executive Director of The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), the global non-profit organization that owns Cup of Excellence. Spindler managed, molded and expanded the renowned Cup of Excellence program and The Alliance for Coffee Excellence from 1999 until 2017. She is currently an Executive Advisor, focused on strategic planning.
Sharon Riechers, President of IWCA Global Board said:
The IWCA Board of Directors welcomes Aileen and Susie and look forward to channeling their knowledge and expertise to furthering our mission.
Their contributions will undoubtedly help us achieve a stronger and more empowered tomorrow for women and communities across the global coffee industry.