The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce Gaylen Holloway joined NCGA as the Grassroots and Leadership Development Manager on July 5. Holloway will foster grower activism, execute grassroots advocacy campaigns, and oversee NCGA’s slate of leadership development programs.
Gaylen comes to NCGA from the University of Florida, where she worked as their Legislative Coordinator in the Office of State Government Relations in Tallahassee, Florida. Her responsibilities included directing the university’s formal advocacy network (Gator Advocates), advocating for the university’s interests in the Florida legislature, and developing legislative communications and engagement strategies.
“Gaylen’s background and experience in growing grassroots advocacy programs and training farmer leaders will be a real asset to our organization as we look to expand our footprint in this space,” said NCGA State and Industry Relations and Development Director Joe Hodes.
Gaylen also brings experience from her time at the American Farm Bureau Federation, where she served as the Leadership Development Project Coordinator in their Washington, D.C. office, assisting with leadership and media training for state and county Farm Bureaus.
Gaylen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and minors in Business Administration and Florida Teaching. While at the University of Florida, Gaylen was selected as a J. Wayne Reitz Scholar, inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame and tapped into Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.