ARLINGTON, Va. — Mallory Gaines joined the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) June 10 as manager of market access and trade policy.

In this newly created AFIA position, Gaines will be responsible for developing, implementing and communicating the organization’s trade policy goals and activities and supporting the growth of trade-related policies that are in the best interests of expanding US exports.

She will monitor and track international trade regulatory and policy initiatives for AFIA’s director of international policy and trade. She also will represent AFIA’s members engaged in international trade and support the work of AFIA’s International Trade Committee.

“Mallory brings a wealth of international agriculture policy expertise to the table as well as the desire to broaden her knowledge base into the wider international trade sphere,” said Gina Tumbarello, director of international policy and trade for AFIA. “We are very excited for her to expand AFIA’s international trade work and join our legislative and regulatory team.”

Gaines joined the AFIA after founding Gage Group Consulting, a boutique consulting firm based in Denver, which offered strategic advice, issues management and innovative initiatives for trade associations, university clients and for-profit companies. Prior to that, she managed the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s international standard-setting initiatives, advancing NCBA’s positions and support of scientifically sound practices worldwide.

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