David Piza Cossio
David was born and raised in Colombia where he developed a passion for coffee. With over 12 years of experience in the industry, he brings a wealth of perspectives to table. His work with cooperatives, exporters, importers, roasters and government organizations has allowed him to achieve a solid understanding of the challenges faced by farmers, traders, and institutional players in the coffee value chain.
David holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS. in Industrial Engineering from La Universidad de Los Andes. He currently serves as Director of National Accounts at S&D Coffee and Tea in Charlotte, NC.
I have been a longtime volunteer for the SCA and have supported the association in multiple capacities both in the US and internationally including member of the Advocacy Steering Committee, member of the Sustainability Council from 2014 to 2016, Re:Co Symposium Volunteer and SCAA intern in 2009.
I also have other relevant industry experience: I have been able to participate and collaborate as a member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC) Advisory Council. I am also a former member of the McDonald's North America US Supplier Sustainability Advisory Council and of the Tea 2030 North America Steering Committee. I was named 2017 Emerging Change Maker (Youn Impact Scholar) by the Kellogg School of Management.
I am eager to continue supporting an inclusive, diverse and prosperous specialty coffee community. The US Chapter is a great opportunity to put my experience, skills and knowledge to the service of the US coffee community. I’d like to learn more about and further engage with US members, promoters and champion specialty coffee within their communities, to provide them the support and visibility so they can thrive and continue serve as coffee ambassadors to the general public.