WEDC’s new CEO stressed the importance of strategic alignment among leadership, board members and staff at the agency’s latest board meeting.

Missy Hughes called the WEDC board “a key stakeholder” in the overall strategy of the organization, after being welcomed by the 18-member board yesterday.

“I have no idea what’s happened in the past, but it’s my intention that … we will have alignment on the strategy and that you will all be supporters of that out in the universe for the organization, and really help us expand our voice,” she said. “If we’re not aligned on it, it’s going to be hard for everybody to do that.”

Hughes previously worked at the cooperative Organic Valley, where she worked “very closely with our board of just seven farmers.”

“So this is a new challenge,” she said. “But I’m really looking forward to that.”

According to WEDC spokesman David Callender, Hughes’ annual compensation has been set at $195,000. Read the full story here.