Washington, DC – The Pet Food Institute (PFI) announced January 6 that Betsy Flores will join as Senior Vice President for Public Policy. Flores has experience in US agriculture and will work with the organization to lead legislative, regulatory, commercial and market strategies.
“I am pleased to join PFI in a new capacity and to play an active role in the development and implementation of policy strategies that support pet food manufacturers in the United States,” said Flores. “Pets are an important part of the household for families across the country and around the world, and I look forward to using my experience in farming to serve this important sector.”
With more than 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, Flores most recently served as Director of Research and Promotion Programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She also served as Deputy Director of Agricultural Affairs for the United States Trade Representative (USTR), addressing issues in new and biotechnologies, the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement and trade barriers.
Prior to joining the USDA in 2014, Flores served as Vice President of Animal Welfare for the National Dairy Producers Association, where he supported and served dairy producers on dairy industry regulation policies with officials.
“Betsy has a proven track record of leading successful teams, finding consensus on challenging issues and working with stakeholders across industries,” said Dana Brooks, President and CEO of PFI. “We are delighted that she will bring her experience and leadership from the USDA, the US Department of Commerce and the private sector to lead PFI’s active policy team and promote a sound policy environment for US pet food makers.”
Flores holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from West Georgia State University.
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