(Posted Mon. Nov 9th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association today welcomes Layla Soberanis as Manager of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Soberanis brings a combination of experience in public policy, politics, labor relations, and grassroots engagement. In this position, she will manage a diverse issue portfolio focusing on regulatory affairs, including unmanned aerial systems, precision agriculture, data privacy, labor and immigration, and other emerging issues. She will also coordinate Capitol Hill visits with NCGA farmer-members.
“Layla’s unique background and skillset will be invaluable to NCGA as we look to expand our presence on Capitol Hill and engage new audiences,” said NCGA Executive Vice President Jon Doggett. “We represent more than 40,000 members and the interests of more than 300,000 corn farmers. Now, we need to bring more of those faces to Capitol Hill – to tell farmers’ stories, build relationships, and find common ground on the policy challenges of our day. Layla will be front and center in these efforts.”
Soberanis joins NCGA from the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), a diverse union representing 500,000 construction workers, where she served as a legislative assistant and Spanish interpreter. She also worked on the 2014 Boston mayoral race and as an intern and interpreter for the U.S. Embassy of Spain. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and Hispanic studies from The College of William and Mary and studied abroad at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. She is a native of Manassas, Virginia.