April 19, 2016 Contact: Claire Benjamin DiMattina firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 631-6362 Seasoned Communications Strategist Joins Growing Food Policy Action Team Betsy Barrett Joins FPA as Chief Lobbyist and Communications Director Leading national food policy organization Food Policy Action (FPA) today announced that Betsy Barrett has joined its team as political and communications director. Barrett will provide…
April 19, 2016
Claire Benjamin DiMattina
Leading national food policy organization Food Policy Action (FPA) today announced that Betsy Barrett has joined its team as political and communications director. Barrett will provide strategic political and communications counsel and serve as the organization’s chief lobbyist to raise the profile of food issues in the U.S.
Barrett joins FPA with over 10 years of political, communications, and policy experience, most recently serving as a vice president in the strategic communications practice at The Glover Park Group. Barrett will lead FPA’s advocacy efforts and communications strategy to broaden the impact of the organization’s political and policy programs.
“Over the last decade, Betsy has built a strong national network in politics and media engagement, and she brings a respected reputation for working across both sides of the aisle. Her tenacity, charisma and passion for food policy are invaluable to our work. Her political and communications expertise is exactly what we need to significantly raise the political profile of food issues,” said Claire Benjamin DiMattina, Executive Director of Food Policy Action. “We are thrilled to have Betsy on board and excited about the impact she’ll have.”
Prior to joining The Glover Park Group, Barrett helped launch the Internet Association – a national trade association representing the top U.S. internet companies – and led their communications, marketing and event planning. Before that, Barrett served as a senior advisor and communications director for Dean of the House, U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI).
Barrett, a native Arkansan and graduate of the University of Arkansas, began her political, food policy and communications career working for U.S. Representative Vic Snyder (D-AR). She worked as a senior advisor on his political campaigns, acted as his agriculture legislative aide during the development and passage of the 2008 Farm Bill and served as a senior policy advisor and communications director until his retirement.
Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable on votes that have an effect on food and farming. The organization works to highlight the importance of policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, decrease food waste, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, protect public health and the environment, reduce food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems and treat farm animals humanely. FPA promotes these policies through public education, outreach and engagement including its annual National Food Policy Scorecard.