In Memoriam: Mary Rosenthal, the ABO’s First Executive Director

It’s a sad day for the Algae Biomass Organization and many people in the industry as we learn that Mary Rosenthal, ABO’s first executive director, passed away on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Mary took the reins at ABO during a time – 2009 —  when she wasn’t sure if there would even be enough funding for long term employment. Back then, algae was just coming on to the national radar, and ABO had been formed to bring this fledgling industry together.

No stranger to evangelizing sustainable products and materials from her time at NatureWorks, Mary rolled up her sleeve and was instrumental in developing new members, transforming the annual Algae Biomass Summit into the premier industry conference, and becoming the voice of the algae industry.

During her tenure the organization grew to more than 200 members representing a wide cross section of industry. Under Mary’s leadership the ABO also achieved success on numerous policy initiatives on the Hill, including getting algae biofuels to qualify for the $1.01 tax credit for the first time ever.

Mary was an inspiration to many as she continued to fight for algae even while fighting cancer. She will be missed.

 

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