Mike Willett joined the Commission as manager in December 2015.
Prior to then he was Vice President for Scientific Affairs for the Northwest Horticultural Council (NHC) and had worked there for over 20 years, representing the tree fruit industry of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. In that capacity, he worked closely with the U.S. tree fruit industry, public and private research organizations, allied industries and regulatory agencies on a range of public policy issues related to pest management, pesticide policy and phytosanitary concerns that affect domestic and international trade.
Prior to his employment at the Northwest Horticultural Council, he was a tree fruit production and pest management regional specialist with both the Oregon and Washington State University Cooperative Extension (1980-1996).
He is a Detroit native with a B.S. (1977) from Michigan State University and an M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1995) from Washington State University, all in horticulture.
Mike lives in Yakima with his wife Laura. They have three grown sons.