Emily Meredith Promoted to Vice President, Communications and Membership

July 28, 2014 – The Animal Agriculture Alliance is pleased to announce the promotion of Emily Meredith to Vice President of Communications and Membership, effective August 1, 2014.


In this position, Emily will assume a greater management role over the communications and membership outreach strategies for the Alliance, with direct
management of the Alliance’s Membership and Marketing Manager, Special Projects Manager and our internship program.

Emily joined the Alliance in December 2012 as Director of Communications and quickly took on the challenge of wearing multiple hats. Given the primary role of the Animal Agriculture Alliance centers around communications, many of the Alliance’s programs and initiatives involve coordination of communications efforts of much broader stakeholder groups in order to provide a unified voice for animal agriculture.

“Emily accepted that challenge immediately and has made many valuable contributions advancing the Alliance, as well as the broader animal agriculture community,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance President and CEO. “Emily has demonstrated her leadership skills, the ability to strategically multi-task and provide a passionate and smart voice for animal agriculture over and over in her short tenure with the Alliance. She is forward looking and truly thinks outside of the box to develop creative strategies to enhance not only the Alliance’s communications and outreach, but the broader industry’s connection with consumers and media.”

Emily has led many coalition efforts, including agriculture’s proactive response to the re-release of the Pew Commission Report. She managed a major overhaul of the Alliance’s website, creating the redesign almost single-handedly. She developed the program and marketing plan for the Alliance’s 2014 Stakeholders Summit “Cracking the Millennial Code”, leading to our most successful event yet. Emily has also provided a powerful voice for animal agriculture in national media venues such as CNN, NPR and The Daly Show with Jon Stewart. And in addition to the regular blogs she authors for Meatingplace.com, Pork Network, Progressive Cattleman and Progressive Dairyman, Emily is a sought after speaker by industry and government organizations for their various conferences and events.

Last year, Emily was recognized among the inaugural recipients of Vance Publishing’s prestigious “40 Under 40 Award”, and most recently led the way for the Alliance to receive a Merit Award in the “Tactics Division – Collateral/Literature” by the Agricultural Relations Council. “This promotion to recognize Emily’s leadership, drive and ability is well-earned,” said Smith.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Emily worked in the communications division of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the office of the New York State Attorney General. She earned her J.D., with a concentration in food and drug law, from Seton Hall University in Newark, New Jersey, and her B.A. in
International Affairs, Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

About the Alliance:
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation. Find the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.

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