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Lehman to Join NAMA as Director of Government Relations

November 17, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – November 17, 2010 – North American Millers’ Association President Mary Waters announced today that Sherri Lehman will join NAMA as Director of Government Relations on December 1. Lehman will serve as the NAMA staff liaison on food safety Waters said. “Sherri brings a wealth of experience to our organization. Sherri will be a strong advocate for our members on the issues of nutrition and food safety. She knows our industry, knows the issues and is enthusiastic about applying her skills and experience to the needs of NAMA members. She has strong relationships with

our industry advocacy partners and we look forward to having her work on our behalf in these issue areas that are so important to our members.

Lehman will lead the development and implementation of programs to support NAMA’s research strategy and programs that support public policy affecting nutrition and food safety. She will support efforts to promote enhanced demand for nutritional food products in the U.S. food aid program and build coalitions with key stakeholder groups.

For more than twenty years Lehman has worked on agriculture, food, trade, nutrition and food safety issues for members of Congress and other associations. Lehman came to Washington in 1985 to work for an Illinois Congressman. She then joined the Corn Refiners Association where she developed close working relationships with congressional staff and industry stakeholder groups.

In 2003 she joined the National Food Processors Association that later merged with the Grocery Manufacturers Association. While there she worked on the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization, FDA food safety programs and directed all efforts on health and wellness.

“This is a perfect fit for me. I know the industry and the issues. I am excited about applying my skills and experience to the needs of NAMA members,” said Lehman.

Lehman earned a bachelor’s degree in science of government from Southern Illinois University before coming to Washington. She is a member of Women in Government Relations, the Agribusiness Club of Washington and previously served on the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Food and Beverage Industry Group and as a USDA appointee to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Sweetners and Sweetner Products. She resides in McLean, Virginia.

NAMA is the trade association representing 43 companies that operate 170 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada. Their collective production capacity exceeds 175 million pounds of product each day, more than 95 percent of the total industry production.

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Contact: Terri Long, Director of Communications, 202.484.2200, ext. 11, tlong@namamillers.org.

The North American Millers’ Association prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or family status, age, disability, political beliefs or sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact NAMA at 202.484.2200 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Mary Waters, President, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 13. NAMA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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