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.

Terry Wehrkamp

Chairman of the Board
Cooper Farms

Meet Terry
Sarah Novak

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

Scott Bennett

American Farm Bureau Federation

Pete Block

Hy-Line North America

Joel Brandenberger

National Turkey Federation

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

Michelle Tollefson

Bayer Animal Health

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 2019 event, themed "A Seat At The Table," invites key stakeholders in restaurant, retail and foodservice companies, farms and ranches, government agencies, agribusinesses, and agriculture and food associations to learn about key issues facing food and agriculture and gain the supportive network and tools needed for success. Save the date - May 8-9, 2019 in Kansas City, Mo.!


Summit recordings will be available soon!

Stay tuned for recordings of Summit speaker sessions!

Where is the Alliance this month?

2019 Stakeholders Summit
May 7 – 9
Kansas City, MO
Aligning the Food System for Improved Nutrition in Animal-Source Foods Conference
May 14 – 16
Davis, CA – Kay Johnson Smith attending

National Poultry Breeders Roundtable
May 16 - 17
St. Louis, MO – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking
National Restaurant Association Show
May 18 - 21
Chicago, IL – Hannah Thompson-Weeman & Kay Johnson Smith attending
Come see us at booth 10836!
Alltech Ideas Conference
May 19 – 21
Lexington, KY – Casey Kinler attending
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef Sustainability Communicators Summit
May 22 – 23
Chicago, IL – Kay Johnson Smith attending
Colorado Egg Producers Annual Meeting
May 22 – 24
Brighton, CO – Casey Kinler speaking
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Board Meeting
May 23 – 24
Richmond, VA – Kay Johnson Smith attending


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

Here is our 2018 Annual Report with some of our biggest accomplishments.

Annual Report