Dana Johnson Downing has been named by the North American Renderers Association (NARA) as its new vice president of international programs.
In that role, she will direct NARA’s international marketing program and manage all international promotion, market development, and foreign market access activities.
She will also represent the US rendering industry in international trade negotiations.
Prior to NARA, Downing served as director of partnerships and policy for TraceGains, Inc. where she led policy initiatives and developed alliances with technology providers, food industry trade associations, regulators, and academia.
She previously held several positions in the US Congress and the US Department of Agriculture, including running the Agricultural Trade Office at the US Embassy in Moscow, and was a strategy and policy advisor for the meat and soybean industries.