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GMA Appoints LaDavia S. Drane Senior Director Federal Affairs

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(Washington, D.C.) Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of LaDavia S. Drane as Senior Director, Federal Affairs.

"I am pleased to welcome LaDavia to the GMA team,” said Ms. Bailey. “LaDavia comes to us with a solid background in politics, legal, legislative and regulatory policy.  Her most recent work in the House of Representatives involving childhood obesity policy makes her the ideal person to build upon GMA’s important health and nutrition mission.”

Ms. Drane comes to GMA from the office of U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge where she was Legislative Counsel.

Prior she worked for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), where she served as director of legislative and regulatory policy. Previously, Drane served as an attorney for Ulmer & Berne LLP and a field organizer for Obama for America.  She also served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. of the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio.

Drane earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business, Miami University of Ohio.

She will begin her new duties December, 20th 2010.


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.

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