The Corn Refiners Association is full of hardworking men and women who are busy behind the scenes every day, helping our members achieve their goals and advocating for issues that matter in our industry.  Our CRA Staff Profile series is dedicated to highlighting the brilliant individuals at CRA – learning more about their roles and accomplishments and even discovering a little bit about what they like to do outside of the office.

Michael Anderson, Vice President of Trade and Industry, Corn Refiners Association
Meet Michael Anderson, Vice President of Trade and Industry Affairs. Michael joined CRA in 2018, bringing over 25 years of experience in international trade, agriculture, and economics in the government and private sectors. He provides strategic and tactical leadership to CRA and its members regarding trade policy, transportation, and co-products reporting programs, and industry affairs. Michael is also Vice President of the Plants Based Products Council (PBPC), providing strategic and tactical leadership to PBPC and its members regarding economic analysis, statistical reporting, and industry affairs. Michael has also been recognized as a cleared advisor to USDA and USTR and is a member of the Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee. He sits on the board of Farmers for Free Trade and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). Read on to learn more about Michael, in his own words: Q: How did you become interested in your policy function, and how has your ...
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Allison Cooke
This month, we’re spotlighting CRA’s Senior Director of Food Policy, Allison Cooke! In her role, Allison leads development and execution of science-based policy regarding food, nutrition, agriculture, and product safety and quality at the international, federal, state, and local levels. She also coordinates Health & Wellness and Product Safety & Quality Committees. Additionally, Allison regularly monitors, evaluates, analyzes, and reports on government policies, regulations, food industry trends, impacts, threats, and opportunities, providing strategic insights and recommendations to CRA staff, members, and industry partners. She works closely with food and agriculture sector coalitions, often managing coalitions on key CRA issues. Since joining CRA in 2017, Allison has been named the 2020-2021 President for the Washington, DC Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Section. In this staff profile, Allison shares more about her life at CRA and beyond: Q: What’s a typical day at work like for you? One of the things I ...
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