Maria Rodale, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Maria Rodale is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc. She is an activist and a businesswoman who has made promoting the benefits of an organic lifestyle both her personal mission and her business.
Maria Rodale joined the family business in 1987, first working in circulation and direct marketing and eventually leading Rodale's in-house direct marketing agency. In 1998, she served as director of strategy, where she led the strategic review, planning processes, and management changes that refocused the company on publishing information on healthy, active lifestyles. She also led the company's Organic Living division, Rodale's first integrated brand division, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Organic Gardening and oversaw all of Rodale's gardening books. She joined the Rodale board in 1991 and was elected Chairman in 2007.
In 2013, Maria Rodale created and launched Rodale's, an online shopping destination that offers healthy solutions for a happy life. She also started Maria's Farm Country Kitchen, a blog that offers a digital experience of the contemporary kitchen table: a place to exchange organic recipes and gardening tips, entertain visits from friends, and discuss thought-provoking ideas and issues.
The author of several books, Maria is known for her 2010 title Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe. Written to cut through the confusion and misinformation surrounding the organic food industry, Organic Manifesto provides a highly readable look at why chemical-free farming holds the key to better health for our families and the planet.
She has won numerous awards, including in 2004 the National Audubon Society's "Rachel Carson Award" and in 2007 the United Nations Population Fund's "Award for the Health and Dignity of Women."
Maria is a mother of three daughters and she lives in Bethlehem, PA.