Pet Release: Pet Food Institute
The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make the vast majority of dog and cat food and treats in the United States, has announced that Betsy Flores has joined the association as Senior Vice President for Public Policy. An experienced policy expert in American agriculture, Flores will direct the PFI’s legislative, regulatory, business and market access strategies, as well as manage government relations and the association’s regulatory staff.
“I am delighted 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,” Flores said. “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.”
Flores has more than 20 years of experience, including within the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was Director of Research and Promotion Programs for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she was responsible for directing and managing a full range of activities for the oversight of six Livestock and Poultry Inspection Programs. She also served as deputy director in the Office of Agricultural Affairs at the United States Trade Representative, where she was involved on issues such as biotechnology, new technologies, the World Trade Organization’s Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement (SPS) and technical barriers to trade. Prior to joining the public sector in 2014 at the USDA, Flores held the position of Vice President of Animal Welfare for the National Dairy Producers Association, where she represented and advocated for dairy producers on regulatory issues affecting the United States dairy industry before federal and global 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 Western Georgia State University. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and dog. Away from work, Flores and her husband take care of dogs and cats with Wolf Trap Animal Rescue.