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An Open Letter to ABC Members and the Herbal Community from Mark Blumenthal re ABC's Bright Future

April 21, 2021

Dear Valued ABC Member and all members of the herbal and medicinal plant community,

I am writing this open letter to you to share some important and exciting news of major significance to all those who are involved with, support, and/or benefit from the work of the American Botanical Council.

Today ABC is announcing that we are seeking a new Executive Director (ED). We are seeking an experienced and talented person who will help direct, manage, and lead ABC as it continues to provide and expand its unique nonprofit research and educational mission, publications, and programs now and into the future.

We are seeking a person who, preferably, is conversant with the science related to herbs, medicinal plants, and related natural products, who understands and is passionate about ABC’s nonprofit research and educational mission, and who has the leadership skills to help move ABC forward to new levels of success. We want a new ED who has previous experience successfully managing a nonprofit organization or business, preferably in the natural products space.

And, for clarity, I am staying with ABC as its Founder, and look forward to working with the new ED and personally contributing to the future success of the organization.

For several years the ABC Board and I have been discussing when would be the optimal time to bring in a new person to lead the organization into a robust future. The Board, based on its responsibility to ensure the integrity and success of the organization, has developed a succession plan, especially as I am nearing 75 years of age. However, we have decided to cleave off the “ion” and call this the Success Plan. We believe it more clearly conveys the reality of our vision for this necessary and, frankly, exciting process especially since I will continue to stay passionately engaged with ABC.

I am profoundly grateful to the amazing and highly dedicated ABC staff, contractors, and volunteers who have helped ensure ABC’s growth and myriad accomplishments and successes over the past 33+ years. And, I have deep appreciation and gratitude to the ABC Board of Trustees, some of whom have served ABC for over 20 years with their vision and good counsel. And, of course, my lasting and continued appreciation to the hundreds of members of the ABC Advisory Board and Director’s Circle, and the thousands of ABC’s members, some of whom have supported ABC’s nonprofit research and educational programs for decades. With such a strong staff, volunteers, and committed board, and with a knowledgeable and dynamic new leader, I am confident of ABC’s continued growth and success for many years to come. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what we can and will accomplish.

Details about the new ED role can be found here. Potential candidates or others with questions about this process, are welcome to write Mission Talent, the talent search firm we have hired to assist and guide us through this important process, at

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to you for your past, current, and continued support of ABC and our vital nonprofit mission. I look forward to continuing to engage with you, so we can build ABC’s strong future together. As ABC strengthens, so does our amazing herbal community.

I wish you and your family the blessings of robust and vibrant health, always.


Mark Blumenthal
Founder & Executive Director, ABC
Editor-in-Chief, HerbalGram
Founder & Director, ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program