WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — Jake Westlin to join the staff of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) as the government relations representative. In this role, Westlin will be responsible for supporting the policy team and providing research on NAWG’s policy priorities.

“Jake’s background and expertise in ag policy will be instrumental in helping NAWG reach and educate key congressional leaders and staff on the Association’s top priorities,” said Chandler Goule, chief executive officer of NAWG. “I’m looking forward to having him on board and joining the NAWG team.”

Westlin comes to NAWG with experience on Capitol Hill. He was an intern for former U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota and a legislative correspondent and legislative aide to former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Westlin brings a fundamental understanding of the Hill to NAWG.

From his time at Forbes Tate Partners as a research and policy analyst Westlin has an extensive background in agriculture, public lands, as well as food and nutrition policy. Westlin received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.

“I am delighted to be joining NAWG and working with its incredible policy team to advance wheat growers’ interest in our nation’s capital,” Westlin said. “It is an important time for growers in Washington, and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and advocating on behalf of the wheat family.”