We’re 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.

Our motto is simple: Connect, Engage, Protect.

Small but mighty: We’re a nimble, dedicated team championing our mission every day.

The Alliance team is experienced with giving presentations on topics including animal rights activist tactics, farm and plant security, crisis managment, consumer engagement and advocating for agriculture on social media. If you'd like to have one of us speak at your meeting, check out our speakers bureau for topics each of us can talk about!

Kay Johnson Smith

President and CEO

Meet Kay

Hannah Thompson-Weeman

Vice President of Communications

Meet Hannah

Allyson Jones-Brimmer

Director of Industry Relations

Meet Allyson

Casey Kinler

Communications Manager

Meet Casey

Morgan Hawley

Project Manager, College Aggies Online

Meet Morgan

Naajiya Williams

Administrative Assistant

Meet Naajiya


Our internship program provides students and recent graduates with leadership, communication and marketing experience while helping to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. Interns are able to network with hundreds of Alliance members and help develop our annual events and initiatives.

Internship Opportunities

We offer paid internship positions throughout the year (1 position in spring, 2 in summer, 1 in fall). All positions are full-time (40 hours/week) and based in the Alliance’s office located in Arlington, VA near the Courthouse Metro Station.

Alliance interns assist with social media content production, research of key issues in animal agriculture, media monitoring, legislative tracking, developing reports and member resources and a variety of other projects along with supporting the Alliance team in executing projects like the annual Stakeholders Summit, College Aggies Online, trade show booths, marketing campaigns and more. Interns function as full-fledged members of the Alliance team and will be asked to contribute at a high level to help us achieve our mission of bridging the communication gap between farm and fork.


Our board members are the visible embodiment of our commitment to change and improvement. It is through their desire and dedication, to the entire animal agriculture community—and the Animal Agriculture Alliance—that we are able to achieve our goals and effect real change.

Sarah Novak

Chairman of the Board
American Feed Industry Association

Meet Sarah
Terry Wehrkamp

Immediate Past Chairman
Cooper Farms

Meet Terry
Joel Brandenberger

National Turkey Federation

Chase Adams

American Sheep Industry Association

Adnan Aydin, Ph.D

American Veal Association

Tera Barnhardt, DVM

Cattle Empire, LLC

Cliff Becker

Farm Journal

Scott Bennett

American Farm Bureau Federation

Pete Block

Hy-Line North America

Jeff Cannon

Diamond V

Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D


Ed Frank

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Jer Geiger, DVM

Genus PIC

Evelyn Greene

American National CattleWomen, Inc.

Chad Gregory

United Egg Producers

Robert Hagevoort, Ph.D

New Mexico State University

Dallas Hockman

National Pork Producers Council

Casey Hushon


Brett Kaysen, Ph.D.

National Pork Board

Christina Lood


Larry Marek

United Soybean Board

Lisa McComb

Dairy Management Inc.

Eric Mittenthal

North American Meat Institute

Suniti Mujumdar


Colleen Parr Decker

Elanco Animal Health

Adam Proctor


Aaron Putze

Iowa Soybean Association

Rafael Rivera

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Tom Super

National Chicken Council

Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D

Merck Animal Health

Josh Winegarner

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Derek Yancey

Morning Fresh Farms


The Alliance attends many agriculture events across the country and worldwide. Each year we host our annual Stakeholders Summit to bring together all facets of animal agriculture. The 2020 event, themed "Primed & Prepared," is set for May 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia!


Session recordings now available from 2019 Stakeholders Summit

Recorded presentations from the Summit’s 26 expert speakers are available to view at: Presentations from the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Summits are also available at the same link. Highlights and quotes from the sessions can be accessed here.

Speak at our 2020 Summit!

We are accepting speaker proposals through November 20, 2019. Fill out the applicaiton if you have a unique, thought-provoking idea that will provide actionable tools attendees can immediately use and implement. 

Where is the Alliance this month?

World Dairy Expo
October 1 – 5 | Madison, WI
Allyson Jones-Brimmer attending
Come see us at booth EH 4505 – near the ice cream!
Tyson Animal Care Summit
October 1 – 3 | Springdale, AR
Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking
Chicken Farmers of Canada Meeting
October 1 – 2 | Ottawa, Ontario
Kay Johnson Smith speaking

Wall Street Journal Global Food Forum
October 7 | New York, NY
Hannah Thompson-Weeman attending
National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference
October 8 – 9 | St. Louis, MO
Hannah Thompson-Weeman attending
International Poultry Welfare Alliance / U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs Conference
October 9 | Atlanta, GA
Kay Johnson Smith attending

NAMI Animal Handling Conference
October 17 – 18 | Kansas City, MO
Casey Kinler attending

D.C. Ag Communicators Meeting
October 22 | Arlington, VA
The Alliance & American Feed Industry Association hosting with guest speaker Dr. Frank Mitloehner
University of Oklahoma Capstone Animal and Food Science Class
October 23 | Stillwater, OK
Casey Kinler speaking
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
October 26 - 29 | Philadelphia, PA
Hannah Thompson-Weeman and Casey Kinler attending
Come see us at booth 212

National Animal Interest Alliance Annual Conference
October 25 – 27 | Orlando, FL
Kay Johnson Smith speaking
National FFA Convention
October 30 – November 2 | Indianapolis, IN
Allyson Jones-Brimmer speaking


Here is our 2019 Annual Report with some of our biggest accomplishments: