Christy Seyfert will lead the American Soybean Association’s Washington lobbying efforts in a move that finalizes the organization’s efforts to bring its government affairs in house.

Seyfert will join ASA as its executive director of government affairs effective Oct. 21, the organization announced Wednesday. She’ll lead a team of newly-minted ASA staffers who previously worked for Gordley Associates, a Washington-based lobbying firm that handled ASA’s government affairs efforts for more than 25 years.

Seyfert comes to ASA from her most recent stop at Zurich North America, where she was assistant vice president for government and industry affairs. Before that, her journey through Washington included stops at Wells Fargo, Michael Torrey Associates, and a tenure on Capitol Hill that lasted more than a decade and included work for the House and Senate Ag Committees.

“Christy brings with her not only an outstanding record of policy experience, but also a personality that we feel is the perfect fit for ASA’s growing D.C. team,” ASA CEO Ryan Findlay said in a statement. “She is a sharp, dedicated, and affable individual who we know is enthusiastic about and fully capable of taking on this integral new role.”

Seyfert will lead an office that will also include Hanna Abou-El-Seoud, who will handle trade issues, Renee Munasifi, who will head up ASA’s biotech and regulatory policy efforts, and Wendy Brannen, who was announced in May as ASA’s senior director of marketing and communications. ASA plans to hire additional D.C. staff. All three come to ASA after working on the organization’s behalf for Gordley Associates.

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