Bio for D. Margarita Passero

Margarita joined the ASTA team in October 2004 and is ASTA’s Senior Manager. In her role she provides oversight of operations and financial management, and staff supervision for the association. She works closely with the Board of Director’s and ASTA team to achieve ASTA’s strategic goals. She is a staff liaison to the Membership and Annual Meeting Program Committees, and oversees ASTA’s Web site and many aspects of planning the Annual Meeting, Fall Regulatory Workshop and webinars. Margarita enjoys spending time with members, getting to learn more about the fascinating spice trade.

Margarita is a native Washingtonian. Margarita is a mom to Anthony and her rescue dog, Cooper. She loves traveling and makes frequent trips to the Bay Area in California to visit her son and enjoy time in Wine Country.  She volunteers at several animal rescue organizations and is a supporter of animal rescue and welfare advocacy.