The National Confectioners Association has appointed Brian M. McKeon as senior vice president of public policy, leading its government affairs strategy and grassroots industry engagement, writes Neill Barston.
He comes to the organization of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he has spent the last five years as a senior member of the team, and has a 15-year knowledge of the US Congress.
As the NCA explained, McKeon began his career participating in political campaigns and on Capitol Hill. He was senior legal advisor to former US Senator Barbara Boxer and legislative director and acting chief of staff to Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
In addition, he also has extensive experience in the policy and regulatory process, as well as a diverse policy network and understanding of the issues facing the confectionery industry. It should take advantage of the management of CandyPAC, the industry’s political action committee, engaging the government on key issues affecting the sector.
“Brian will step up to the plate with his deep understanding of the issues facing our industry, and his perspective and experience will be an asset as we work to realize our bold and inspiring vision,” said John Downs , President and CEO of NCA. “We are delighted to welcome Brian to the NCA. He will be a valuable member of our team and a major asset to the chocolate and candy industry.
McKeon officially takes up her new role on August 30 and succeeds Liz Clark, longtime NCA staff member, who was recently appointed CEO of IHRSA, the global health and fitness association. As the NCA added, its new senior strategist hails from Auburn, NY, and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, with a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC He lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and two children.