Jane DeMarchi joined the NAWG staff this week as director of government affairs for research and technology.
The Association announced in late June that DeMarchi would fill the new position, added to the organization to allow for a greater focus on research-related policy issues, more attention to tracking wheat research work already being done and better coordination of industry efforts related to the commercialization of biotech wheat.
Prior to coming to NAWG, DeMarchi worked as the director of government affairs at the North American Millers’ Association.
She comes to NAWG with deep experience in research policy, having served on the executive committee of the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and the boards of the Wheat Quality Council and the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (NC-FAR) while at NAMA. During that, time, she also worked closely with the National Wheat Improvement Committee and NAWG to secure additional federal funding for wheat research, and she initiated a comprehensive research plan for oats.
While her primary focus will be on research and biotechnology issues, DeMarchi will also do some work related to food aid and food safety. She is an active member of the Agricultural Food Aid Coalition, which supports the use of U.S. commodities in USDA and USAID food aid programs.
Born and raised in Ohio, she received her bachelor’s degree in Asian studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She lives with her husband and two children in Maryland. DeMarchi can be reached at the main NAWG number, 202-547-7800, or at email@example.com.