Leadership

Leadership

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Leadership

As a member-driven non-profit, USAEDC is governed by a Board of Directors which meets twice a year to vote on the budget, various initiatives, and special projects. The Board of Directors is composed of one representative from each of the member organizations, with voting representation determined by level of membership.

USAEDC is managed by the Executive Director, who leads the operations, strategic direction, and implementation of its programs. The Executive Director serves as the primary liaison between members; the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other U.S. Government agencies; and international stakeholders, in the furtherance of USAEDC’s market development interests.

Executive Committee

USAEDC is led by an Executive Committee of twelve members. Each elected non-officer member of the Executive Committee serves for a term of three (3) years and may be considered for election to a second, consecutive three (3) year term.

Jim SutterChairU.S. Soybean Export Council
Julie AdamsVice ChairAlmond Board of California
Greg TylerSecretary/TreasurerUSA Poultry & Egg Export Council
Chuck TimpkoImmediate Past ChairU.S. Dairy Export Council
Lorena AlfaroExecutive DirectorU.S. Agricultural Export Development Council
Rose BradenExecutive Board MemberSoftwood Export Council
Rebecca BratterExecutive Board MemberU.S. Dry Bean Council
Jeff CorreaExecutive Board MemberPear Bureau Northwest
Karen HoranExecutive Board MemberNational Confectioners Association
Steve SothmannExecutive Board MemberLeather & Hide Council of America
Kent SwisherExecutive Board MemberNorth American Renderers Association
Bernadette WiltzExecutive Board MemberSouthern United States Trade Association
Dan HalstromExecutive Board MemberU.S. Meat Export Federation
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Executive Director

Lorena Alfaro has served as Executive Director of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council since 2018. Prior to joining USAEDC, she held a consulting practice assisting clients with their international trade policy and market access issues. She also served as a Washington Representative for the American Soybean Association and as Director in the Office of International Issues and Trade for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Ms. Alfaro worked in Chicago for a community economic development non-profit. In her role as a member of the senior leadership team, she led the organization’s strategic planning process and developed the organization’s first 5-year advocacy, media and fund-raising plans. Building coalitions with private and public sectors, she launched successful campaigns to expand private-sector investments and government funding geared for commercial revitalization projects.

Ms. Alfaro holds a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lake Forest College, Illinois.