Michael Lockfeld is CRA’s Project Coordinator. In this position, he administers key programs for the association and manages projects for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Michael is also responsible for maintaining office operations through administrative and managerial support. He has experience working across the nonprofit, legislative, and international organization sectors.

Read on to learn more about Michael, in his own words:

Q: How long have you been with the Corn Refiners Association, and what is your role in the organization?

I’ve been with CRA since early 2023. I am a Project Coordinator and I assist the Chief of Staff in operations, manage our internship program, and help the External Affairs team with research and legislative tracking.

Q: What’s a typical day at work like for you?

One of the best parts about CRA is that no day is the same! Depending on our focus for the week, priorities shift. However, a typical day includes anything from mail and invoice processing, weekly legislative tracking reports, to welcoming guests and visitors!

Q: What do you like most about your job/working at CRA?

One of my favorite things about working at CRA, besides learning from leading policy experts and the vast knowledge that they bring, is how collaborative everyone is. We share a common goal and purpose, which is to be good neighbors and advocates in the ag community. Being a part of that process is an honor and it has been an incredible learning experience.

Q: How have your past experiences prepared you for your current role?

Prior to joining CRA, I was a full-time college student, however I had plenty of experience working across public sector-facing industries ranging from local non-profits, to think tanks, to state politics. Being able to quickly adapt in fast-paced environments prepared me for my role at CRA, where not only every week but every day can be something different.

Q: How do you spend your time away from the office? Do you have any special hobbies?

Outside of the office I love spending my summer weekends on the eastern shore visiting family. When I am here in Washington, D.C., I love exploring the local art and restaurant scene. I do self-identify as a wine connoisseur, so if you ever need some quality wine recommendations let me know!

When I do have the time, I have an affinity for travel and world history. One of my greatest life experiences was having the opportunity to study abroad in Strasbourg, France, for two semesters. While there, I not only discovered amazing cuisine but met some of the most incredible people. I plan on visiting again as soon as possible!