Julie Anna Potts, the executive vice president and treasurer of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will take over as president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute effective Sept. 24. She succeeds Barry Carpenter, who is retiring.

“Julie Anna Potts’ deep legal, legislative and association experience and her passion for agriculture will serve the Institute and its members well as we embark on the next chapter in our Institute’s history,” Meat Institute Chair John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., said in a release. “We look forward to having her join our historic Institute and our meat industry family and we are confident that her skills and experience will help us continue to serve our members’ needs.”

Potts first joined AFBF in 2004, serving as general counsel until 2009 when she was named chief counsel of the Senate Agriculture Committee, working under then-Chairman Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. She’s been the Farm Bureau’s executive VP and treasurer since 2011. In that role she led the AFBF staff in its implementation of all programs and activities for the organization, as well as the coordination between AFBF and its affiliated companies.

Earlier in her career, Potts was an associate in the environmental law groups of the Washington law firms Mayer Brown LLP and Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. She also clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1997-1998.

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Potts graduated from Bryn Mawr College and earned her law degree at The George Washington University Law School. She is a trustee of Pennsylvania State University and chair of the American Enterprise Agriculture Sector Committee at the Smithsonian American History Museum

NAMI is the nation’s oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey and processed meat products. On its website, the Institute says its member companies account for more than 95 percent of U.S. output of these products. The Meat Institute provides regulatory, scientific, legislative, public relations and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

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