On November 2, the Board of Directors of the Animal Agriculture Alliance announced the promotion of Kay Johnson Smith to President and CEO of the non-profit organization. Johnson Smith has served the Alliance since 1994, first as Vice President, and later as Executive Vice President. Previously, Johnson Smith was the Executive Director of the Alliance's predecessor association, the Animal Industry Foundation.
Johnson Smith is the chief spokesperson leading the national advocacy of the Alliance, supervising its many outreach and education programs in support of American animal agriculture. She serves on a number of strategic agriculture industry coalitions and has provided hundreds of presentations on the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture today.
"The Board of Directors would like to thank Kay for her continued dedication to the Alliance, and to all of America's farmers and ranchers," said Alliance Chairman Chris Ashworth, DVM, of Elanco Animal Health. "Under her leadership, the Alliance will remain a strong, united voice for all of animal agriculture."