Melisa Paul is the new director of the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum.

She replaces Myrna O'Leary, who retired last year.

Paul has worked for Greater Spokane Inc. for two years as membership engagement manager, helping to identify and improve programs and services to best meet member needs.

Paul said she is "rooted" in Spokane and has a deep passion for serving the community.

Her parents own a local blueberry farm.

"We enjoy being part of the production community and building something together," Paul told the Capital Press.

For the last 10 years, she has worked at expos as a volunteer and exhibitor.

She previously worked for eight years as a junior executive for the Washington AgForestry Leadership Foundation. 

Her experience includes industry-focused leadership, managing and administering nonprofit corporate services and continuing and advancing leadership events and educational programs while working to maintain and cultivate relationships. She also has managed staffs, boards, committees, councils, network relations and volunteers.

Paul hopes to provide "the best possible marketing showcase" for exhibitors of ag equipment, services and related products, and give expo attendees valuable access to experts and informational seminars to support the advancement of the industry.

"I am honored to serve our agriculture community as the director of the Agribusiness Council and Spokane Ag Expo," Paul said. "I look forward to cultivating strong relationships and will continue to assure the ag industry has a strong voice and presence in the regional business community."

Field Reporter, Spokane

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