The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a broad-based coalition of individual farmers, ranchers, producers, organizations, suppliers, packer-processors, scientists, veterinarians and retailers. The Alliance's mission is to communicate the importance of animal agriculture to our nation's economy, vitality and security.
Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO, is the chief spokesperson leading the national advocacy of the Alliance. Smith supervises the various programs, outreach, and strategic goals. She has been with the Alliance since its inception, and was the executive director of its predecessor organization since 1994. Johnson Smith earned a degree in political science and public administration from James Madison University.
Contact Kay at Kjohnson@animalagalliance.org.
Emily Metz Meredith serves as the Communications Director for the Alliance and manages all aspects of the communications strategy. She is responsible for the Issues Management Committee and coordinating effective responses to the issues of the industry. Meredith also works closely with the media and develops the Alliance’s online outreach efforts. Using both traditional and social media, she educates urban consumers about the importance of animal agriculture. Meredith received a degree in International Affairs and Journalism from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her J.D., with a concentration in food and drug law, from Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey. Currently, Meredith is awaiting admission to the state bar associations of both New York and New Jersey.
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Morgan Hawley is the Executive Assistant to President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith. In this role, Morgan assists with all functional aspects of the Alliance including coordinating the Alliance Board of Directors, helping to represent the Alliance at industry meetings, and assisting withcrucial Alliance projects. Morgan received a Bachelor of Science in both Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri. She was active in Mizzou Block and Bridle, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, and Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen. She helped organize the 1st Annual Collegiate CattleWomen’s “Meet Your Meat” on the University of Missouri’s campus. Previously, she worked for the Missouri Department of Agriculture in the Animal Health Division. She also held internships with Cargill Meat Solutions, Missouri Beef Industry Council, and Van Leuven Communications.
Shakera Daley serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Alliance. Daley handles basic administrative tasks and oversees responsibility for all mailings to members. She also coordinates materials for the Adopt-a-Teacher program and assists with other office responsibilities. She attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.
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