JavaJog 2017 Grant Review Process Underway!

JavaJog is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 Grant Review Committee and the proposals currently under review.

The Committee is convened by the JavaJog Advisory Council to ensure a transparent and credible grants selection process and is  made up of independent external experts who review proposals and make recommendations to the Advisory Committee on the programs to be funded. This year’s committee is made up of three members, with background in the coffee industry, development arena, and individuals with direct experience in East African coffee and development programs.


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Charlene Lewey, Director Trade Promotion Management, King Arthur Flour: Charlene is responsible for driving trade promotion strategy and managing all facets of the trade promotion process including post promotion analytics, process optimization, supporting technology and deductions management. Previously she worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (now Keurig Green Mountain) where she was Sr. Director of Order to Cash processes. She has also served as Treasurer on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and was formerly the Chairperson of the Board of Food4Farmers.


Katherine Nolte, Coffee Trader and Sustainability Coordinator, Sucafina:  Kat has background in coffee trading and finance, international business strategy advising, and green coffee supply chain development with a specialization in East African coffee.  She recently opened Sucafina’s West Coast quality lab in Seattle. Kat is Vice Chair of the Sustainability Council of the Specialty Coffee Association.

Ben Schmerler, Senior Director Philanthropy, Root Capital: Ben is responsible for overseeing all philanthropy fundraising, building relationships and engagement strategies with existing and potential donors, investors, government institutions and value chain actors. He provides management, oversight, and leadership towards achieving Root Capital’s strategic objectives. Previously, Ben was a senior global supply chain manager at Fair Trade USA, and he has spent many years working and bicycling across the planet. Ben is member of the Sustainability Council for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) and owns a small espresso bar in Boston. He holds a B.A. in environmental policy and political science from the University of Washington and speaks French, Spanish, and Wolof.

We are grateful to these individuals for their service and support of JavaJog!


We have received 5 innovative proposals which are currently under review:

  • COMAL The Heritage Hen Project: Cultural Preservation, Food Sovereignty, and Income Diversification Among Mayan Women Coffee Producers
  • The Chain Collaborative: Women Build the Future in Chaucha, Ecuador
  • Food4Farmers: Women coffee farmers bring organic produce to the Jinotega community
  • Girls Gotta Run Foundation: Scholarship and Savings Fund Project
  • The Kula Project: Rwanda nursery and seedling distribution project

Stay tuned for the announcement of the grant recipients!



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