NMPF reorganizes staff to address 2013 industry priorities

With a new farm bill delayed at least until spring 2013 and other legislative priorities such as immigration reform coming soon to the attention of the new Congress, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) reorganized staff and promoted several staff members to address those issues.

As first announced in December, Jim Mulhern will start next week as NMPF’s Chief Operating Officer, a new position in the organization that will bolster NMPF’s team of professionals working on issues as diverse as farm policy, labor availability, trade expansion, environmental regulation, animal care and milk pricing. Mulhern will report to president and CEO Jerry Kozak and have direct oversight of government relations, membership, and communications activities.

In order to better coordinate the often parallel efforts of the government relations and regulatory teams, those staff members have been combined into one department that will be managed by senior vice president of government relations Dana Brooks, who will in turn report to Mulhern. Vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs Jamie Jonker and regulatory staff members Beth Briczinski and Betsy Flores, who were promoted to senior director of regulatory affairs, and senior director of animal health and welfare, respectively, will now report to Brooks.

Anuja Miner was promoted to vice president of membership services and will report directly to Mulhern. Gail Mobley was made senior director of finance and administration and will continue to report to Tom Balmer, executive vice president.

"This reorganization will strengthen NMPF's ability to address legislative, regulatory, and other issues that we anticipate will arise in 2013,” explained Kozak. "We want to make sure that the structure of the organization will best serve our member cooperatives and their dairy farmer owners. In addition, by recognizing the outstanding commitment to NMPF by these long-time staff members, we demonstrate their value to both NMPF and the industry at large.”