Bio for D. Margarita Passero

Margarita joined the ASTA team in October 2004 and today serves as ASTA’s Director of Association Services. In her role she provides oversight of operations, financial management, member services and administrative 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 several committees, oversees ASTA’s website, budget planning and management, and many aspects of planning meetings and webinars. Margarita enjoys spending time with members and getting to learn more about the fascinating spice trade.

Margarita’s professional career spans more than 35 years experience. Her prior work experiences included accounting and payroll management, meetings support and event management, technology, project planning, the hospitality industry, and all aspects of association management.

Margarita is a native Washingtonian. Margarita enjoys spending time with her son Anthony and rescue dog Cooper. She loves to cook and travel.  She is a supporter of animal rescue and welfare advocacy and volunteers at several animal rescue organizations. She also fund raises for human health research organizations. Believing it is important to give back to your community whenever you can, Margarita spends time with a variety of community service organizations whenever possible.