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NMPF Announces Staff Changes to Help Reinforce Organization’s Impact

October 11, 2018

National Milk recently announced several staff changes that will strengthen and expand NMPF’s services to its members and the nation’s dairy producer community.

Chris Galen, NMPF’s long-time head of communications, became the organization’s Senior Vice President of Member Services and Strategic Initiatives. He now works directly under Jim Mulhern within the Office of the President and CEO, strategizing, developing and executing services to members, associate members and allied dairy organizations.

Alan Bjerga, formerly a journalist with Bloomberg, joined NMPF as its new Senior Vice President of Communications. Bjerga spent 11 years at Bloomberg as its lead writer on national farm policy issues, covering high-visibility topics like the Farm Bill, agricultural trade policy and rural economics.

In his new role, Alan will lead NMPF’s communications efforts, focusing on media relations, marketing and digital storytelling.  Highlighting the importance of agriculture and the work of NMPF’s members to key audiences is a crucial task during a challenging time for the industry, Bjerga said.

“My work has long been focused on the well-being of rural communities, many of which depend on dairy,” Bjerga said. “It’s an honor to have this opportunity to serve farmers and their families in a new and compelling way.”

Mulhern also announced that Jaime Castaneda, NMPF’s long-time head of strategic initiatives and trade policy, is now its Senior Vice President of Policy Strategy and International Trade. In addition, Nicole Ayache joined National Milk earlier this fall as Director of Sustainability Initiatives. Prior to joining NMPF, Ayache worked as a consultant for the dairy industry’s animal care and sustainability program, Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM), as well as the Innovation Center for US Dairy.

“These organizational changes reflect our drive to expand service to our members in what has been a challenging time for dairy farmers,” said Mulhern. “We just entered our second century as an organization – and we’re not slowing down. Strengthening our team through these staff changes will ensure a strong and capable organization for years to come.”