The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) has announced that Elizabeth (Beth) J. Elliott has joined its staff as director of legislative affairs.
She joins the NGFA’s staff after working for seven years on Capitol Hill, most recently for former Rep. Tom Perriello, D-VA, for whom she served as acting chief of staff and legislative director. During her tenure, she managed the congressman’s legislative team and Capitol Hill office staff, and provided staff support for his duties as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She also handled appropriations, energy, water and dairy policy issues for Perriello.
Prior to that, she served in 2008 as legislative assistant for Rep. John Salazar, D-CO, providing staff support on agriculture, trade, energy, environmental, water and tax policy. From 2005-08, she worked as legislative assistant for Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-CA, where she focused on transportation, appropriations, education, labor and telecommunications policy. She began her work on Capitol Hill in 2003 as an intern for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY.
“Beth brings a lot of very relevant experience to the NGFA on issues important to our members, and will be a great asset as we work with our committees and industry leadership to develop policies on a wide array of legislative issues affecting the industry,” said NGFA president Kendell Keith. “She is very personable, and is someone that both industry members and those in Congress will enjoy interacting with as we advocate policies to promote economic growth and free enterprise.”
Keith said Elliott will work closely with NGFA manager of public policy relations Ryan Bennett on the NGFA’s expanding legislative, trade and political grassroots efforts. Elliott also has been assigned principal staff liaison responsibilities for working with the NGFA’s International Trade and Agricultural Policy Committee. Meanwhile, Bennett serves as principal staff liaison to the NGFA’s Waterborne Commerce Committee.
Elliott is a native of southern Virginia, growing up on her family’s dairy farm. She received an undergraduate degree in government and international politics from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
In addition, Faith Moore has been hired to fill a newly created executive administrative assistant position to provide additional administrative and organizational support service. She brings more than 16 years of administrative office experience to the NGFA’s staff team. She previously worked as a legal accounting assistant and legal word processor for two law firms in Maryland, was executive assistant for a U.S. ambassador for more than six years, and served as a legal secretary for the FBI. She also served as assistant manager for a Maryland bank.
Moore is a cum laude graduate of Wichita State University in Kansas, with an undergraduate degree in administration of justice. She also was valedictorian of her class at the Fleet Business School in Annapolis, Md., where she earned a degree as a legal secretary.
“Faith brings a tremendous amount of organizational talent and skills to the NGFA’s staff,” Keith said. “She is a very friendly and engaging person who our members will enjoy, and is a very dedicated and detail-oriented and service-minded team player.
“We’re very fortunate to have these two outstanding professionals join the NGFA’s staff!” he said.