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NAMA Names Mary K. Waters as New President

March 2, 2010

Washington, DC – March 2, 2010 – The North American Millers’ Association (NAMA); representing the wheat, corn, and oat milling industries; today named Mary K. Waters as the organization’s new president.

“Mary’s career has been focused on the issues that face agriculture and agribusiness,” commented NAMA Chairman John Miller, who led the search process. “Her leadership roles in the public and private sectors, strong communications skills, and experience in Washington will be a valuable asset to NAMA and the future of our association. She joins an experienced and dynamic staff that will make for a very strong team to address our issues today and for the future.”

Ms. Waters joins NAMA from the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (“Farmer Mac”), where she has served as vice president for corporate relations since 2005. She has directed congressional, public outreach and communication efforts for the congressionally chartered company that provides a secondary market for agricultural mortgage loans. Prior to Farmer Mac, Waters served as assistant secretary for congressional relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She was the primary liaison for food and agriculture to members of Congress and their staffs. Her four-year tenure at USDA also included coordinating the agency’s responses to homeland security efforts after 9/11 and food safety measures related to “mad cow” disease. Ms. Waters spent fifteen years as senior director and legislative counsel in the Washington office of ConAgra Foods. She began her career in Washington as a legislative assistant on the staff of Congressman Larry Hopkins.

“I look forward to using my leadership skills and agriculture industry experience in helping NAMA achieve its mission and goals,” said Ms. Waters. “I’ve had the opportunity to interact with the milling industry and with the NAMA staff during my years with ConAgra and will now enjoy being fully engaged with the industry as it faces the many opportunities and challenges ahead.”

Ms. Waters succeeds Betsy Faga, who is retiring from NAMA after twelve years as its president. She will assume the position April 5, 2010 with Ms. Faga continuing on a consulting basis during a transition period.

Ms. Waters was selected following a search process conducted by members of NAMA’s Executive Committee and approval of their recommendation by the full Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

More biographical information and a photo of Ms. Waters are available at https://www.namamillers.org/oldsite/nr_bios_president_elect.html.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact NAMA Communications Director Terri Long, 202.484.2200, ext. 11, [email protected].


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 Betsy Faga, President, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 825W, Washington, DC, 20024 or call 202.484.2200 ext. 13. NAMA is and equal opportunity provider and employer.

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