Maria Rodale is the chief executive officer and chairman of Rodale Inc., a global voice for health and wellness with a mission to inspire and enable people to improve their lives and the world around them.
She is an activist and a businesswoman who has made promoting the benefits of an organic lifestyle both her personal mission and her business. In 2013, she created and launched Rodale’s, an online shopping destination that offers healthy solutions for a happy life. She also started Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, a blog that offers a digital experience of the contemporary kitchen table.
Rodale joined the family business in 1987, first working in circulation and direct marketing and eventually leading Rodale’s in-house direct marketing agency. In 1998, she served as director of strategy and led the company’s first integrated brand division, Organic Living. She joined the Rodale board in 1991 and was elected chairman in 2007.
The author of several books, Maria is known for her 2010 title Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World and Keep Us Safe.