The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) added agricultural industry advocate Jessica Bennett to its team. She assumes duties as vice president of external affairs, a role in which she will focus on building stakeholder support in the ethanol industry.       

“Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge about agriculture and public policy to RFA,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. “She will be a tremendous asset both to our organization and the entire industry as we continue to pursue legislative and regulatory efforts to grow ethanol domestically and around the globe. I welcome Jessica to RFA and am confident she will help us meet our goals, in the halls of Congress and throughout the country.”

Bennett is no stranger to ethanol industry policy, most recently serving as the director of renewable fuels for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). She initially served NCGA as director of public policy handling ethanol issues.  Additionally, she worked at Bunge North America as director of government relations and was responsible for representing the company's interests on issues related to agriculture at the federal level. She has previously worked as the federal affairs representative for various trade associations representing agriculture and small businesses over the past several years, and served as a staff person in the offices of two members of Congress from Arkansas. 

“I am thrilled to be joining RFA and look forward to helping enhance outreach to stakeholders and strategic partners,” said Bennett. “The ethanol industry has an important role in the rural economy and beyond and I hope to amplify that message. We have a great story to tell and I look forward to leading the effort for RFA.”

In addition to helping on policy and messaging, RFA says Bennett will provide strategic counsel on RFA’s internal and external communications, work to build stronger relationships with industry stakeholders and partners, and assist with legislative and regulatory efforts.


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