Wilcox to v.p. of legislative, political affairs at I.D.F.A.

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The International Dairy Foods Association (I.D.F.A.) has promoted Kristin Pearson Wilcox to vice-president of legislative and political affairs. In this position, Ms. Wilcox will take a lead role in the development and implementation of the I.D.F.A.’s legislative and political strategy, which includes responsibility for federal government relations, grassroots activity, election outreach, and the Ice Cream, Milk and Cheese Political Action Committee.

"Kristin played a major role in the passage of legislation benefiting our members, including a Child Nutrition Act that enhanced milk's role in schools and, most recently, the Milk Regulatory Equity Act," said Chip Kunde, I.D.F.A. senior vice-president. "These efforts showcase her talents as a legislative strategist and an unwavering advocate for our members.

Ms. Wilcox joined the I.D.F.A. in 2003 as senior director of legislative affairs. Earlier, she was principal of Pearson Consulting, where she managed legislative and regulatory efforts regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration food and trade policy. At the Food Products Association, formally the N.F.P.A., she managed the efforts on food provisions included in the bioterrorism bill, helped lead the industry coalition on the food allergens labeling bill, and orchestrated efforts to defeat country-of-origin and nutrition-labeling provisions in the 2002 farm bill.

She received a law degree, with a focus on food and drug law, from American University in Washington, and a bachelor of arts degree in American politics and history from the University of San Francisco.

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