ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced on July 10 the addition of Ivy Torres as its global programs specialist.

In this newly created position, Torres will be responsible for supporting international market access and development programs worldwide, and the development, implementation and communication of the association’s global policy goals and activities. She will also support the work of AFIA’s International Trade Committee.

“Ivy brings a wealth of global programming expertise, as well as the desire to broaden her knowledge into the wider international policy and trade sphere and agriculture as a whole,” said Gina Tumbarello, senior director of global strategies, policy and trade at AFIA. “We are very excited for her to expand the US animal food industry’s international trade work and join our legislative and regulatory team.”

Previously, Torres served as a manager of global programs at the US Grains Council, where she assisted on market development programs with strategic analysis, program planning and development, implementation and evaluation, actual cost and end-result contracting, budgeting and accounting, administration and communications. In addition, she organized more than 60 trade teams and missions each year.

Torres, a native of South River, N.J., holds a dual bachelor’s degree in globalization studies and Latin American, Caribbean and Latino studies combined with Spanish from Gettysburg College. She also holds a master’s degree in development with a focus in agrarian, food and environmental studies from the International Institute of Social Studies.

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