Dr. Ashley Peterson has joined the National Chicken Council staff as Vice President of Science and Technology, succeeding Steve Pretanik, who retired. She previously served as Vice President of Government Relations for the United Egg Producers (UEP).
“Dr. Peterson has forged a record of excellence in scientific, technical, and governmental matters, and we are pleased she is bringing her talents and energy to NCC,” Brown said. “Her responsibilities will include food safety, poultry inspection, and animal welfare as well as keeping her finger on the pulse of initiatives within the regulatory agencies,” he said.
At UEP, Dr. Peterson worked with Congress and the regulatory agencies on a variety of issues including organic egg production and food safety. She has also served both as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Director of Regulatory Affairs at the American Meat Institute, where her responsibilities included environmental and sustainability issues, animal welfare, and lobbying Congress.
NCC President Mike Brown also announced that Mary Colville has been promoted from Director of Government Relations to Vice President of Government Affairs.
“Mary Colville has helped navigate many tough issues on Capitol Hill this year and over her 24 years with NCC,” Brown said. “She is relied upon and viewed as a seasoned veteran by policymakers and our members.”