Tracy Hankins

Laura Shumow

Executive Director, American Spice Trade Association[email protected]

Laura Shumow has been with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA) since September 2018. She works with the ASTA Board of Directors to set the strategic direction of the association and with the ASTA staff to ensure the goals are met.

Prior to joining ASTA, Laura worked at the National Confectioners Association as the vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs. In this role, she also oversaw the Chocolate Council, a decision-making body comprised of the leaders in the cocoa and chocolate industry. She has a strong background in domestic and international regulatory issues, and a proven track record of success addressing challenges related to the supply chains of food ingredients sourced from developing countries. Laura received her master’s of health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and bachelor’s degree in food science from the University of Wisconsin. She is an active member of several professional societies, including the Institute of Food Technologists, where she serves as chair of the Food Laws and Regulations Section.

Laura is from the Midwest. Although she met her husband Brendan after moving to DC, they grew up only 20 miles away from each other. They enjoy traveling and cooking together and can often be found hosting BBQs. Brendan is typically in charge of grilling, while Laura usually handles dessert.