David Chavern.jpgDavid Chavern, Consumer Brands Association

The Consumer Brands Association has tapped David Chavern to serve as the organization’s new president and CEO effective Jan. 3. Chavern most recently served as the president and CEO of News Media Alliance. 

Jacqlyn Schneider is a new partner at FGS Global’s food and agriculture practice. Schneider previously worked on the Senate Ag Committee for Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., where she served as the deputy staff director. She has 16 years of Capitol Hill experience and also has worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. 

The National Chicken Council has promotedDavid Elrodto director of government affairs. After an internship with NCC starting in 2017, Elrod was hired as a government affairs associate and then promoted to manager.

The Idaho Potato Commission has promoted Travis Blacker to vice president of industry relations and research and Ross Johnson to vice president of retail and international. The commission has also added Sam Eaton as the new vice president of legal and government affairs. Eaton previously worked for Idaho Gov. Brad Little where he was the director of policy and counsel.

Chris Krepich has been hired as GOP press secretary for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is the committee's ranking member. Krepich previously served as the communications director at Nahigian Strategies. 

Nick Montoni is a professional staff member on the House Appropriations Committee for Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. Montoni previously worked at Third Way as an innovation senior policy adviser for climate and energy. 

Zaire Carter now works on Sen. Cory Booker’s, D-N.J., staff as a staff assistant. Carter is a recent graduate of Muhlenberg College and most recently worked on New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s campaign.

Iman Abdul Qadir is the new staff assistant for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. She previously interned for Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. 

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Elisabeth St. Onge is the new press secretary for Rep. Shontel Brown, D-Ohio. St. Onge previously worked at World Resources Institute as the energy program communications coordinator. 

Steven Solomon, dirJacqlyn Schneider.jpegJacqlyn Schneider, FGS Globalector of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine, plans to retire at the end of this year after 32 years at the agency. Solomon joined the agency as a veterinary medical officer in the division of surveillance and compliance and later moved to the Office of Regulatory Affairs, where he worked his way up to becoming deputy associate commissioner for regulatory affairs in 2013. FDA Administrator Robert Califf appointed him CVM director in 2017.

After 25 years with the Nebraska Cattlemen, Pete McClymont has announced his retirement. McClymont has served as the executive vice president since 2013 and will stay on until a replacement has been hired. 

Cynthia Rosenzweig was awarded the 2022 World Food Prize for her contributions to understanding and predicting the impacts of the interaction between climate and food systems. Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist and head of the Climate Impacts Group at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Western Growers has selected its seventh class of Future Volunteer Leaders. Members of the class will be invited to participate in all regular Western Growers board meeting functions for the next two years, along with standalone farm tours. The class includes Celeste Alonzo, Junior Enterprises; Jose Covarrubias, Wholesum Farms; Krystal Del Bosque, Del Bosque Farms; Briana Giampaoli, Live Oak Farms; Shay Myers, Owyhee Produce; Garrett Nishimori, San Miguel Produce; Nisha Noroian, Nish Noroian Farms, Hye Farms; Sal Parra, Coyula Farms; Spencer Quinn, Quinn Co.; Anthony Reade, Betteravia Farms; Byron Talley, Talley Farms; and Mitchell Yerxa, River Vista Farms.

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