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Experts and Leadership

USATA’s leadership team shares a passion and dedication for helping companies understand and explore the growth opportunities available in export markets.

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  Brooke Markley  

     Executive Director

Brooke Markley joined the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) as Executive Director in January of 2022. An accomplished international agricultural trade professional, Brooke has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors.

Brooke started her career with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and gained a broad range of skills supporting U.S. agricultural exports. As a capstone to her nearly decade-long tenure with FAS, she served in the diplomatic service as the Agricultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After her time in the public sector, she spent over seven years with Leprino Foods Company, a family-owned, global leader in mozzarella cheese and dairy nutrition products. Brooke developed Leprino’s first ever trade compliance department before being promoted to lead the company's strategic trade policy function.

She holds a BS in Agricultural Business with a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University and a MA in Economics from George Mason University. After her undergraduate studies, Brooke volunteered as an Agricultural Marketing Advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala. She is fluent in Spanish.


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  Aubrey Johnson  

     Deputy Director

Aubrey Johnson joined the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) as Deputy Director in July 2022. Prior to WUSATA, Aubrey has held key leadership roles in Fortune 500 publicly traded companies, real estate investment trusts (REIT), and private equity groups. Her most recent role was General Manager for a private equity group, leading their Pacific Northwest operations.

The distinct value Aubrey brings to the organization is the ability to inspire and align cross functional teams to achieve strategic operating goals. She is a passionate servant leader who thrives in cultivating transformational growth in companies and in people. She has a history of meeting and exceeding key performance indicators to help organizations achieve rapid growth and operational excellence. She is grounded in personal core values of being honest, fair, and kind in all situations.

Aubrey takes great pride in consistently performing at a high level, expanding her knowledge, and investing in others to support their growth and development. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and Leadership and a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Portland State University.


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  Chloé Moesch  

     FundMatch Manager  

Chloé Moesch has been with WUSATA since 2016. Her initial role was Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, then in 2020 she was appointed FundMatch Manager. With her strong program knowledge and understanding she can fulfill her desire to help small agricultural companies succeed in the international marketplace.

In 2015, Chloé graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences focusing on Personnel Psychology and Human Resource Management from Washington State University in Vancouver. She double majored in Psychology and received Certification in Human Services Case Management and Administration. Additionally, she was actively involved in student government for almost 2 years. Shortly after receiving her degree, Chloé was hired for the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator position, this opportunity started her journey at WUSATA.

Chloé resides in Washington State, where she has called home her entire life, and she is proud to be a native Washingtonian. She enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest, appreciates the nature side of things, has too many plants in her office, and enjoys tasting new food products companies graciously send to the office.

Above all, Chloé is looking forward to working with the agricultural businesses on the international marketing side, “Seeing companies participate in FundMatch successfully and how it impacts their business/local economy is one of the best feelings in the world because we are doing so much more than providing a reimbursement program...it’s a trickledown effect”, and hopes to grow the program to its full potential in years to come. 


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  Austin Cross 

    Global Connect Manager      


Austin Cross joined WUSATA as Global Connect Manager in May of 2022. He is eager to work with the western state departments of agriculture to help companies gain access to and thrive in international markets. Ever since volunteering on a service project to southwestern China to support a walnut entrepreneur in 2015, Austin has been fascinated by the intersection of culture and food. Prior to joining WUSATA, Austin spent several years working in the utility industry where he gained skills in project management, leadership, and report writing.

He holds a Master of Science in International Agriculture Development from the University of California Davis. During graduate school, Austin collaborated on a mapping study with Mars Incorporated, which was conducted on a large cacao farm in Ecuador. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from California Baptist University.

Austin lives in Portland, OR and enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and family exploring all of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He also enjoys playing music on his guitar and accordion.