Norma at her retirement party

Norma at her retirement party

Norma Grier is “moving over” as Executive Director of the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) after leading with excellence for 25 years – she won’t be working at NCAP, but will stay involved in pesticide reform.  Norma has led NCAP with warmth, humor,  generosity and equanimity. In the local conservation community, she is revered as a tenacious, smart, level-headed activist. From all sides of pesticide issues, people respect the breadth and depth of Norma’s knowledge, and the clarity with which she communicates that knowledge.

Norma’s contribution to reducing pesticide use and reforming pesticide regulation extends far beyond her considerable influence in the Pacific Northwest of the US. ELAW has called on NCAP for help to partners around the world who are struggling with pesticide contamination and working to regulate pesticides in their home countries.

When ELAW was setting up shop in Eugene, Norma was also a valuable resource to us in nonprofit management. She is a role model to many because of her effectiveness as an activist, her warmth as a person, and her democratic management style – all of which promote the professional growth of the people with whom she works. We are grateful for her leadership, for her friendship, and for her great work! We look forward to working together in this new chapter. Thanks, Norma!