Staff

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

Internships

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 internship positions throughout the year. All positions are full-time (40 hours/week) and based in the Alliance’s office located in Arlington, VA near the Courthouse Metro Station.

  • Spring: 1 position
  • Summer: 2 positions
  • Fall: 1 position

Board

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.

Terry Wehrkamp

Chairman of the Board
Cooper Farms

Meet Terry
Sarah Novak

Chair-Elect
American Feed Industry Association

Meet Sarah
Chase Adams

American Sheep Industry Association

Adnan Aydin, Ph.D

American Veal Association

Tera Barnhardt, DVM

Cattle Empire, LLC

Cliff Becker

Farm Journal Media

Pete Block

Hy-Line North America

Joel Brandenberger

National Turkey Federation

Jeff Cannon

Diamond V

Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D

Smithfield

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

Charleston|Orwig

Brett Kaysen, Ph.D.

National Pork Board

Christina Lood

Zoetis

Suniti Mujumdar

Alltech

Colleen Parr Decker

Elanco Animal Health

Adam Proctor

Nutrien

Aaron Putze

Iowa Soybean Association

Marc Reiner

United Soybean Board

Janet Riley

North American Meat Institute

Rafael Rivera

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Tom Super

National Chicken Council

Michelle Tollefson

Bayer Animal Health

Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D

Merck Animal Health

Josh Winegarner

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Derek Yancey

Morning Fresh Farms

Events

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 2018 event was themed, "Protect Your Roots" and inspired attendees to be proud of their past and current roles in the industry and challenged them to be forward-thinking about how we can continue to grow into the future. Save the date for 2019 - May 8-9 in Kansas City, Mo.!

Calendar

Summit presentations now available!

The Summit, held May 3-4 in Arlington, Va. attracted 305 attendees, making it the largest Summit to date. Click here to watch recorded speaker presentations.

Where is the Alliance this month?

USPOULTRY State Affiliates Meeting
August 1 – 2
Atlanta, GA – Kay Johnson Smith speaking
 
Trans Ova Genetics Employee Summit
August 2
Frederick, MD – Casey Kinler speaking
 
Ag Media Summit
August 4 – 8
Scottsdale, AZ – Casey Kinler attending
 
Volunteering at the Capital Area Food Bank
August 13
Washington, DC – all Animal Ag Alliance staff

Accomplishments

"The Alliance is about doing the right thing, and doing it right now,"
Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO

Here are just a few of the Alliance’s most recent accomplishments. For more, view our 2017 annual report or ask any Alliance staff member for more details.

Connect
  • The Alliance’s 2018 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Protect Your Roots,” was the largest Summit yet with more than 300 attendees. The 2019 Summit is set for May 8-9 in Kansas City, Missouri!
  • We connect industry stakeholders via our Issues Management Committee and Supply Channel Subcommittee to discuss emerging issues in animal agriculture and plan strategic responses. 
  • The Alliance's 2017 College Aggies Online scholarship competition is aimed at helping college students become confident communicators on behalf of agriculture. The 300 participants represented 43 different states and students generated more than 3,400 social media posts reaching 4.4 million people online and 16,000 at in-person events.
Engage
  • In 2017, the Alliance was mentioned in more than 662 stories in trade publications and the mainstream media.
  • Alliance staff delivered 56 presentations across the United States and Canada last year.
  • We reached 7.2 million people on Facebook and 2 million people on Twitter last year.
  • The Animal Ag Engage Blog reached more than 56,000 views in 2017.
Protect
  • The Farm Security Mobile App is being downloaded by Alliance members. The app includes farm security recommendations developed in conjunction with law enforcement and anti-terrorism specialists, as well as crisis management, employer resources, action alerts and much more!
  • The Alliance gets the inside scoop on animal rights activist group strategies by attending their meetings and monitoring their use of media and social media. We keep our members informed via Member Updates and Action Alerts.
  • We updated more than 90 activist group profile reports with information about acitivst groups' missions, connections and quotes revealing their true agendas.
  • The “Truth, Lies and Videotape” database is continually updated with undercover videos from the past 20 years.