Director of Finance
Birthe joined Oldways in 1999 and celebrated her 10th anniversary at Oldways in October 2009. She manages Oldways’ finances, including for the Whole Grains Council and Mediterranean Foods Alliance, and for other programs, conferences, Symposiums, and Culinarias. She is also responsible for HR policies and compliance, as well as permissions and licensing for use of Oldways’ copyrighted materials.
Birthe came to Oldways with a strong background in financial management of grants and contracts and budget administration, and previously served for 10 years as the Associate Director for Research Administration at the Institute for Circadian Physiology in Cambridge, after having worked for 15 years as Executive Administrative Assistant and Coordinator in a leading cardiovascular-renal physiology laboratory at Harvard Medical School. She holds a Diploma from the Danish Medical Society Medical Secretarial School in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Certificate in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
With her keen interest in appetizing and healthful food choices, health care, organic gardening and agriculture, and environmental issues, she enjoys being part of the Oldways team and Oldways’ stimulating environment and mission. She takes pride in what Oldways has accomplished and is eagerly anticipating what its new programs and directions for the next decade will be. She enjoys opportunities to meet sponsors, members, food writers, scientists and other participants at conferences and events. She especially enjoys having been able to take part in some of Oldways overseas Symposiums and Culinarias, to learn about regional cultures, farming and harvesting, and to experience first-hand how artisanal products are made.