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NMPF Announces Senior Staff Changes to Reinforce Organization’s Reach and Impact

NMPF Announces Senior Staff Changes to Reinforce Organization’s Reach and Impact

Friday, October 5th, 2018

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has announced a series of staff changes designed to strengthen and expand the organization's services—and benefit its members and the nation’s dairy producer community.

Jim Mulhern, President and CEO, NMPF“These organizational changes reflect our drive to expand service to our members in what has been a challenging time for dairy farmers,” said President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “We just entered our second century as an organization—and we’re not slowing down. Strengthening our team through these staff changes will ensure a strong and capable organization for years to come.”

Chris Galen, Senior Vice President of Member Services and Strategic Initiatives, NMPFChris Galen, NMPF’s Head of Communications, is assuming a new role as Senior Vice President of Member Services and Strategic Initiatives. In his new role, Galen will work directly under Mulhern, strategizing, developing, and executing services to members, associate members, and allied dairy organizations.

“Chris has served our members and the industry with great distinction and effectiveness as our lead communicator for many years,” said Mulhern. “His knowledge and skills will help expand our ability to deliver on our goal of exemplary service to members and will elevate the critical importance of these efforts.”

The NMPF has also hired Alan Bjerga, former Bloomberg journalist, as its new Senior Vice President of Communications. At Bloomberg, Bjerga served as lead writer on national farm policy issues, covering high-visibility topics like the Farm Bill, agricultural trade policy, and rural economics.

Alan Bjerga, Senior Vice President of Communications, NMPF“My work has long been focused on the well-being of rural communities, many of which depend on dairy,” Bjerga said, in a press release, and noted that highlighting the importance of agriculture and the work of NMPF’s members to key audiences is a crucial task during a challenging time for the industry. “It’s an honor to have this opportunity to serve farmers and their families in a new and compelling way.”

Bjerga is a published author and has also been a frequent contributor to Bloomberg’s other media platforms, along with NPR, the BBC, PBS Newshour, C-SPAN and more. Bjerga is also an adjunct instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and a past President of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and the North American Agricultural Journalists.

In his new role, Bjerga will lead NMPF’s communications efforts, focusing on media relations, marketing, and digital storytelling.

“We’re excited to welcome Alan’s breadth of journalism, communications, and farm policy experience,” said Mulhern. “His wealth of experience will help diversify NMPF’s communications efforts, introducing new and better ways to reach our varied audiences on a daily basis.”

Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President of Policy Strategy and International Trade, NMPFJaime Castaneda, NMPF’s long-time head of strategic initiatives and trade policy, will become Senior Vice President of Policy Strategy and International Trade.

“Jaime plays a lead strategist role in helping to develop NMPF positions on a host of policy issues, both domestic and international. This new title better reflects his important role in the organization,” Mulhern said.

Nicole Ayache, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, NMPFIn addition, the NMPF has appointed Nicole Ayache to the role of Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Prior to joining the NMPF staff, Ayache worked as a consultant for the dairy industry’s animal care and sustainability program, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM), as well as the Innovation Center for US Dairy. Ayache has extensive experience developing sustainability programs and reports, creating procurement policies, and has conducted sustainability research for dairy cooperatives, environmental NGOs, and protein processors.

“Nicole is a great addition to our team and we are thrilled to have her expertise and experience deployed on behalf of the nation’s dairy farmers,” Mulhern said. “Her leadership of our environmental stewardship and our newly launched workforce development programs within the FARM Program will help ensure these efforts effectively address the needs of our producers and customers.”

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