Nora Headshot-BrighterNora Weiser, Executive Director

Nora was brought in as Executive Director of ACS in 2010 to shepherd the organization away from an association management company to a self-management structure. The association has since grown to eight full-time staff members, and has broadened its services to include the Certified Cheese Professional program, regulatory advocacy, year-round on-line education, and an Annual Conference & Competition that now welcomes over 1,200 attendees each year. Nora’s background is in non-profit management, and she has worked extensively in museums in the curatorial field, as well as spending six years as Deputy Director of the Museum Store Association. She also has experience as an entrepreneur having launched, managed, and sold an online retail business with her husband, Nicolas. In 2013, she helped the burgeoning American cider industry form its own organization, the United States Association of Cider Makers, by facilitating their first governance meeting and the election of their charter Board of Directors. She holds BAs in Art History and French from Washington University in St. Louis; studied abroad at the Universite de Caen in France; and earned a master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has a passion for design and marketing, and loves working on all of ACS’s cheese-related merchandise and marketing campaigns. ACS’s “The Cheese Party” campaign was recently recognized with the 2017 PR News’ Nonprofit PR Award for Marketing. She enjoys Colorado’s great outdoors with her husband and two children, Claire (b. 2002) and Evan (b. 2004), and in her free time enjoys cooking, art, travel, reading, and writing haiku.