National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Joel Brandenberger announced the appointment of Lisa Wallenda Picard, formerly chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as NTF’s new vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs.

At NTF, she will be responsible for maintaining the federation’s position as a national leader in scientific and regulatory affairs and will serve as the primary resource for NTF members on all regulatory matters.

“We are pleased to welcome Lisa to the scientific and regulatory team,” Brandenberger said. “Picard’s experience at FSIS and policy work in the areas of food safety make her the right person to lead the federation’s regulatory team to ensure the industry operates under effective, science-based regulations, which are vital to the industry’s future.”

As NTF’s vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, Picard will serve as the primary liaison to the federal agencies that regulate turkey production and processing. Her management of NTF’s Technical and Regulatory, Live Production and Turkey Health committees will allow her to facilitate policies for the turkey industry and help guarantee that those regulations are workable and science-based.

Besides serving as chief of staff, Picard worked in several other capacities at FSIS, including acting assistant administrator in the Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education and director of the Congressional and Public Affairs Office.

Picard received her M.A. in legislative affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in communications from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. She is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va.


Source: NTF