WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pet Food Institute (PFI) announced Oct. 12 the appointment of Savonne Caughey as senior director of advocacy and government relations. Caughey will manage state legislative activities and policy initiatives for the organization.

Caughey offers more than 20 years of experience in government relations and public affairs in the private, state and federal legislative spaces. Prior to joining PFI, she served as senior director of government affairs at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).

Savonne Caughey, senior director of advocacy and government relations at Pet Food Institute. (Photo courtesy of Pet Food Institute) 

At PIJAC, Caughey served as a liaison between the trade association and government partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other state departments related to health and agriculture.

“Savonne brings a strong skillset and experiences that will make a perfect fit as PFI advocates across the country on behalf of America’s pet food and treat makers,” said Dana Brooks, president and chief executive officer of PFI. “We’re looking forward to leveraging her qualifications and building upon the expertise provided by our association’s talented professional staff.”

Caughey has served in several senior leadership positions throughout her career, including with the American Heart Association, Herbalife International, Elanco Animal Health and the USDA.

“Given PFI’s role as the voice of US pet food makers, I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience in animal health to support the mission of long and healthy lives for pets,” Caughey said. “It is a pleasure to join the team and support PFI’s members through state and partner outreach.”

Caughey earned her bachelor’s degree in justice and political science from the American University School of Public Affairs.

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