Julie Peterson, Marq Consulting Group’s founding partner, has over 25 years of economic development and international marketing experience. She is now working at the crossroads of economic development and sustainable agriculture in the wine industry. Before launching Marq Consulting Group, Ms. Peterson served with public, private, and nongovernmental organizations, including the USAID, the World Bank, the Institute for Global Engagement, Orion International (where she was based in Kenya and South Africa), and Goodweave (working to eliminate forced child labor in the handmade rug industry). As a seasoned consultant, she has helped clients in diverse industries achieve substantial market gains. Ms. Peterson has served as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice and as a leadership institute fellow with the National Center for Leadership (Washington, DC). In addition to holding memberships in the Washington International Trade Association and the Wine Market Council, she served as an officer for Women in International Trade (WIIT), which honored her as “Member of the Year” in 2013. She currently serves on the board of the Hodos Institute, working to support ethical leadership in Ukraine. Ms. Peterson has been admitted to Les Dames d’Escoffier International, an invitation-only organization for women who have demonstrated exemplary leadership in the food and wine industry.