WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Agricultural Retailers Association welcomes Meghan Kolassa to the team as associate director of public policy.

This is a newly created position reporting to Richard Gupton, recently promoted to vice president of legislative policy and counsel. Kolassa previously worked for Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, handling the following issues: small business, trade, housing, postal, government reform, ethics, civil rights, judiciary and second amendment issues.

"ARA is pleased to welcome Meghan to the team," said Jack Eberspacher, ARA president and CEO. "Having previously worked for Michigan Congressman Joe Schwarz for the last year covering agriculture issues, Meghan's experience will prove invaluable to broadening ARA's advocacy efforts on the various legislative and regulatory issues of importance to ag retailers and distributors."

As associate director of public policy, Kolassa is responsible for legislative and regulatory issues, such as the farm bill and chemical site security. In addition, she will assist with the association's political action committee, ARAPAC, in fundraising.

Kolassa holds a juris doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law, and a bachelor's of science degree in anthropology-zoology from the University of Michigan.

The Agricultural Retailers Association is a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of retailers across the United States on legislative and regulatory issues on Capitol Hill. As the political voice of agricultural retailers, ARA not only represents its membership but also educates members on the political process and important issues affecting the industry.

SOURCE: ARA news release.