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American Botanical Council Welcomes New Board of Trustees President Thomas Newmark

(AUSTIN,Texas,Jan.28,2015)TheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)announcesthatThomasNewmarkhasbeenelectedpresidentoftheABCBoardofTrustees.Hesucceedsauthor,photographer,andbotanistStevenFoster,whohasservedinthepositionsince2008.ThedecisionwasmadeatameetingoftheBoardinDecember2014.NewmarkjoinedtheABCBoardofTrusteesin2012,bringingwithhimadeepdevotiontoenvironmentalism,conservation,andorganicherbproduction,alongwithmorethanadecadeofexperiencewithintheregulatoryenvironmentsofthenaturalproductsindustry.“WearepleasedthatTomhasagreedtoserveABCasitsnewBoardpresident,”saidABCFounderandExecutiveDirectorMarkBlumenthal.“TheABCstaffandIarelookingforwardtoworkingwithhimandhisdynamicenergytohelpABCcontinuetoexpanditsuniquenonprofiteducationalmission.”“HavinghadthehonortoserveaspresidentoftheBoardofTrusteessince2008,itismydelighttohandovertheofficialABCgaveltoTomNewmark,”saidFoster,adding:“Tombringsarichblendofnonprofitandfor-profitboardexperiencetoABCalongwithwide-rangingleadershipininternationalenvironmentalpolicyadvocacyanddevelopment.” NewmarkholdsadegreeinlawfromWashingtonUniversityandwasanattorneyearlierinhiscareer.HeisperhapsbestknownforhispastroleatNewChapter,Inc.,wherehehelpedthedietarysupplementcompanybecomethefirsttohaveitsentirelineofvitaminscertifiedasmadewithorganicingredients,andallproductsverifiedbytheNon-GMOProject.AfterservingasalegalconsultanttohiscollegefriendandNewChapterFounderPaulSchulick,NewmarkjoinedNewChapterasitspresidentin1999.Inthe13yearsthatfollowed,hisrolesatthecompanyincludedco-CEO,CEO,andchairman.WithSchulick,Newmarkco-authoredBeyondAspirin(HolmPress,2000)andTheLifeBridge(HerbalFreePress,2002).“Inmythreeplusdecadesofconnectionwiththeherbalsupplementfield,IcanconfidentlysaythatTom(Tommy)Newmarkisarareforceofnature,”saidSchulick.“HeisakeyfactorthathelpedcatapultNewChaptertoitsleadershippositioninthefield,”Schulickcontinued,“and[he]will,Iamcertain,bringenergyandwisdomtotheleadershipoftheAmericanBotanicalCouncil.Theherbalfieldandtheplanet’shealthhavethegreatestofalliesinTomNewmark.”Newmarkco-ownsthebiodynamicorganicherbfarmFincaLunaNuevainCostaRica.Healsoco-foundedandchairedthenonprofitSemillasSagradas(nowSacredSeeds),aninternationalnetworkof16botanicalsanctuariesthatpreservetraditionalandmedicinalplantsandtheknowledgesurroundingtheirimportantuses.SacredSeedsisnowadministeredbyUnitedPlantSavers.ABCispartoftheSacredSeedsnetworkwithafoundationalgardenatitsAustin,TexasheadquarterscomprisingplantsusedbyNativeAmerican,MexicanAmerican,andEuropeansettlersthroughouttheCentralTexasregion.[Seephotobelow.]NewmarkisalsochairmanofGreenpeaceFundUSA,atax-exemptfundingorganfortheenvironmentalactivistgroupGreenpeace,andistheco-founderandchairofTheCarbonUnderground,anonprofitthatteachesfarmers,ranchers,andcorporationshowtouseregenerativeagriculturalpracticestosequestercarbondioxideandpossiblyreverseclimatechange. “WearedelightedthatTomNewmarkhasbeenappointedpresidentoftheBoardofTrusteesoftheAmericanBotanicalCouncil,”saidMichaelBalick,PhD,ABCBoardofTrusteesmemberandNewYorkBotanicalGardenvice-presidentofbotanicalscience. “ABCwillbenefitfromthecriticalthinking,kindness,andwealthofexperienceTombringstothisposition,”Dr.Balickcontinued,“including[asa]businesspersonandentrepreneur,herbalist,organicfarmer,nonprofitmanager,author,anddevotedactivistforplanetaryhealthandhealing.Wearealsodeeply gratefultoStevenFoster,theoutgoingpresident,forhismanycontributionstothisimportantandimpactfulorganization.”

Newmark,Blumenthal,andFosteratABC'sSacredSeedGarden©2012ABC