Dana Brooks, a veteran government affairs professional, has been named the next president and CEO of the Pet Food Institute.

PFI says Brooks has more than 30 years of experience across the food and agricultural industries, including leadership roles in federal and regulatory outreach. She most recently served as the senior director of government affairs for Land O’Lakes Inc. Prior to that, Brooks held the positions of corporate adviser of government affairs for Elanco and senior vice president of government relations for the National Milk Producers Federation.

“Dana brings extensive knowledge and leadership in the fields of food, feed and agriculture,” Alan Bostick, chairman of the PFI board of directors and president and CEO of Sunshine Mills Inc., said in a news release. “PFI welcomes her advocacy expertise and vision in promoting a bright future for the production of safe and nutritious food for America’s dogs and cats.”

Brooks begins the new job effective Feb. 26, succeeding Cathleen Enright, who will serve as past president until June 30, before retiring.

“Pets are an important part of the family for more than 80 million households across the United States, and I am excited for the opportunity to support their long and healthy lives through PFI’s outreach efforts,” said Brooks. “I look forward to working with the members, staff and stakeholders across the supply chain and pet sectors.”

Brooks, who grew up on a family farm in Arkansas, holds a master’s degree in agribusiness from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Arkansas.

The Pet Food Institute (PFI) says its members account for 98 percent of U.S. pet food and treatment products.