WASHINGTON, DC - Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced the appointment of Louis A. Finkel as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs.
“I am pleased to welcome Louis Finkel to the GMA team,” said Ms. Bailey. “He is an effective leader, advocate and policy expert that will help GMA and its member companies continue to develop, promote and implement responsible public policy solutions that benefit consumers and that also make the world a better place.
“Louis is a trusted and respected advocate who has built strong relationships on both sides of the aisle in pursuit of public policy goals. His professional, bi-partisan approach to policymaking is the right fit for GMA. He is also a seasoned strategist and an effective communicator that knows how to develop and motivate high performing teams,” concluded Bailey.
Mr. Finkel has 19 years experience on Capitol Hill, working inside and outside of government. He served as chief of staff for the U.S House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, which was chaired by Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN). In that role, he advanced the committee’s legislative and oversight agenda and helped modernize and transform the committee through effective organizational and personnel management policies.
He currently serves as vice president, federal public affairs group, at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, where he represents corporate, trade association and not-for-profit clients before Congress and executive branch agencies. He specializes in food, hunger, agriculture, energy, technology, telecommunications, environmental, health care, trade and tax policy issues.
Mr. Finkel also previously served in the government relations office of Exxon Mobil. In that capacity, he represented the company before Congress and conducted policy analysis, political intelligence-gathering and strategic planning on matters of policy, politics and government relations activities.
He has also worked in the firm Lent, Scrivner & Roth, LLC, as legislative director and senior legislative assistant to Representative Bart Gordon (D-TN), and as legislative assistant and staff assistant to Representative Peter Deutsch (D-FL).
“I am honored, thrilled, and humbled to be joining GMA,” said Mr. Finkel. “GMA’s members include some of the most admired, respected and responsible companies in the world and I look forward to working with the association staff and its member companies to advance the consumer packaged goods industry agenda.”
Mr. Finkel will report to GMA President and CEO Pamela Bailey, and will serve as a member of the GMA Senior Leadership Team. In his new role, he will direct the association’s federal and state and local government relations activity. He will assume his new job on April 9.
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.