The NGFA is extremely pleased to announce that Sarah Gonzalez, currently associate editor at the widely respected agricultural news organization, Agri-Pulse, will become the Association’s new director of communications and digital media, effective Aug. 24.
Gonzalez, a native of Elburn, Ill., was hired by Agri-Pulse Editor Sara Wyant to operate the news organization’s Washington bureau in 2011, and in the ensuing years has had extensive reporting, writing and video news interview experience focusing on a wide range of agricultural issues. Her assignments have included covering hearings conducted by congressional committees, White House events, speeches and press conferences conducted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other administration officials, as well as events and meetings hosted by farm and agricultural organizations. She also produces Agri-Pulse’s “Daily Harvest” morning summaries of the previous day’s most important agricultural news. Gonzalez also has done electronic and social media work for Agri-Pulse’s website.
She is a journalism graduate from Iowa State University, where she received cum laude honors while also earning an undergraduate minor in biology. She wrote extensively for the Iowa State Daily covering the university’s science departments and developments in plant science and biotechnology, meteorology, chemistry and physics. She also spent a year working in the Public Relations/Marketing Department of the Iowa State Daily. She also worked for a year with the Iowa State Agricultural Extension Service as a communications intern after receiving her college degree prior to joining Agri-Pulse in July 2011.
Gonzalez also is involved in several volunteer service organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project.
“We’re extremely pleased to have a person of Sarah’s considerable talents, dedication and energy join our staff team,” said NGFA President Randy Gordon in announcing the selection. “I’ve personally followed and been impressed by her reporting and news coverage for several years. She has a tremendous work ethic and well-earned and widely recognized reputation for accuracy, ethics and fairness. She also has a deep passion and commitment to agriculture, and keen interest in the kind of policy and operations issues important to NGFA member companies. I’m excited about the strengths she’ll bring to NGFA’s communications, media and public policy outreach and advocacy efforts to serve our members and the industry.”
Gonzalez fills the staff vacancy created by the departure of Communications Director Heather McElrath, who in June took a new position with a financial literacy and education nonprofit organization in the Washington area.