ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, U.S. — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced on Sept. 12 that it hired Gina A. Tumbarello as the manager of international trade.

Tumbarello will be proactively engaged in representing the association’s international commerce activities, working with trade coalitions and government agencies, including the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

According to Richard Sellers, AFIA vice-president of nutrition and feed regulation, “In recent years, AFIA members have asked for more assistance in the area of trade – both exports and imports. Therefore, it was decided to add a full-time staff person to address this need. We are very excited to have Gina join AFIA.”

Tumbarello has an extensive background in international trade, and was most recently manager of international operations for the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). Prior to USGC, she served as the manger of government contracts administration for CEVA Freight Management. Tumbarello also served as project manager for J.E. Austin Associates, where she worked on economic development projects for World Bank and USAID.

Tumbarello received her bachelor’s degree in diplomacy & foreign affairs and German from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, U.S., and her master’s degree in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, U.S.

Tumbarello’s first day with AFIA will be Sept. 19.