Mark Chandler is a 30 year veteran of the wine business. He has been a winemaker, marketer, general manager and association CEO. He is well known for his 20 years at the helm of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, a time during which the local industry was transformed from an anonymous winegrape region to one the most vibrant, innovative and rapidly growing wine appellations in North America. In February 2013 Mark was named Executive Director of WineAmerica.
Mark holds a BSc in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MA in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. He is also a graduate of the esteemed California Agricultural Leadership Program. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, of which he is past president. For his industry leadership he has received many honors and accolades, including being named Wine Professional of the Year by Sunset Magazine, and picked among the 2012 Top 100 Most Influential People in US Wine by INTOWINE.com. Mark and his wife, Jan, farm 180 acres of vineyards in the Lodi appellation.
Director of Communications and Regulatory Affairs
Michael manages all external communications for WineAmerica. This includes press outreach and membership communication. Michael also actively recruits new membership for WineAmerica while getting the association’s message out to the masses. Michael is a regular fixture at industry trade shows and conferences throughout the country. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Wines and Vines and Wine Spectator.
Michael is also the main point of contact between the organization and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and handles general regulatory concerns for WineAmerica members. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Drink Local Wine and the Advisory Board of the Craft Beverage Expo.
Prior to joining WineAmerica, Michael provided research and logistical support to two DC based lobbying firms. He also handed compliance issues with a major political party. Michael earned his BA in American Studies and Political Science from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and a MA in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.
Tara Marie Good
Director of Member Relations
Tara Marie Good is the Manager of Member Services where she works to develop and enrich WineAmerica’s partnership with its members across the country. Prior to WineAmerica she worked at Distilled Spirits Council of the United State as the Administrative Assistant for Government Relations.
Previous to working in beverage alcohol she was the Program Manager for the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles where she managed cultural programing related to the Middle East and North Africa. A two time recipient of the United States State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship she lived in Jordan and Oman where she studied Arabic. She received her M.A. from NYU in Performance Studies and her
B.A. from Fordham University in International/Inter-cultural Studies and Theater.