WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), today announced the appointment of Capitol Hill veteran Michael R. Gruber as vice president of federal affairs.
“Michael Gruber will be an excellent addition to our government affairs division and I am pleased to welcome him to GMA,” said Bailey. “His strong track record of building collaborative relationships on both sides of the aisle, ability to develop and execute winning legislative strategies, and expertise in food, agriculture and environmental policy make him the right fit for GMA. Our members will benefit greatly from his seasoned leadership and communications experience.”
Gruber has almost 20 years of experience in policymaking, advocacy and campaigns. He joins GMA from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce where he currently serves as senior policy advisor. In this role, his many duties include acting as primary budget and appropriations policy advisor to the full Committee and as liaison to the Congressional Budget Office and House Budget Committee to determine the cost of legislative proposals.
Prior to his work on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Gruber worked for Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) for more than eight years, first as chief of staff, and later as appropriations associate. In this role, Gruber served as chief liaison to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and the Food and Drug Administration. He got his start in government as a legislative assistant for Rep. George Nethercutt (R-WA), later going on to serve as his district director. Gruber’s Hill experience is supplemented by private sector stints in public relations and federal affairs.
“I could not be more pleased to be joining GMA,” said Mr. Gruber. “Every day, millions of American consumers rely on GMA member companies to deliver safe, nutritious and affordable products, which make the policies that govern the food, beverage and consumer products industry critically important. I look forward to working with the association staff, members and policymakers to craft responsible policy solutions that will help industry serve consumers more effectively than ever before.”
Gruber will report to Louis Finkel, GMA’s executive vice president for government affairs. In his new role, Gruber will be responsible for managing all federal policy issues and advocacy activities on behalf of the food, beverage and consumer products industry. He will assume his new post on October 1.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.