Nancy Martinez, a seasoned Capitol Hill professional with extensive policy experience, has joined the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as director of public policy for trade.
NCGA leaders say Martinez will bring great value to the organization.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Nancy’s caliber join our team,” said Brooke S. Appleton, NCGA’s vice president of public policy. “Her experience and carefully cultivated relationships with key members of the House and Senate will be crucially important to advancing the trade priorities of the nation’s corn growers.”
Martinez comes to NCGA from the office of Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.), where she spent six years handling trade, agriculture, education, labor and pension issues. Trade is a marquee issue for Young who serves on the Senate Finance Committee.
Martinez started her career working for Young when he was a House member. She has also served as an advisor on health and education policy for Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.).
She said she is pleased to now be putting her experience to work for corn growers.
“I look forward to combining my public policy experience with my love of agriculture to advocate on behalf of America’s corn growers,” Martinez said. “This is an exciting time in the trade arena as we debate the farm bill, talk about investing in new markets and work to address trade impediments.”
A native Hoosier, Martinez holds a B.A. in political science and religious studies from Indiana University.