The organization said McKay brings an excellent combination of experience in public policy and food industry supply chain management to the team. In this new position, she will provide key support to NCGA’s animal agriculture, industrial use and new use efforts as a direct report to the director of market development.
“Sarah’s notable educational history, along with her work experience in the food industry and policy, have provided her with a skillset that will be uniquely advantageous in her new role,” said Amie Gianino, chief strategy officer and vice-president of market development. “We look forward to seeing how her perspective and understanding of our industry partners’ issues will help progress our work in these crucial areas.”
McKay most recently worked as a part of the procurement/supply chain team supporting dairy operations at General Mills. Previously, she interned with both U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former U.S. Representative Eric Cantor. She received a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economic management from Virginia Tech and bachelor’s degrees in both animal and poultry sciences, and agricultural applied economics with an emphasis in international trade and development from the same institution.
This is the most recent change in the organization’s market development department.
In May, Max Starbuck retired as director of market development of the NCGA. He worked with the organization for 13 years managing mycotoxin research efforts, National Corn Yield Contest, to stewardship programs and most recently focusing on key demand initiatives, including building relationships with the livestock industry and building capacity in surface and river transportation.