National Confectioners Association appoints new senior political affairs manager

The National Confectioners Association has confirmed Alyssa Clevenger as a key addition to its public policy and government affairs team as senior manager of political affairs.

As the US-based industry body explained, she will support its political efforts and manage its CandyPAC, the confectionery industry’s political action committee and one of the top five largest food & beverage PACs.

“The CandyPAC is one of the most important tools we use to address critical public policy issues, and Alyssa’s experience and fundraising expertise will play a key role in advancing our industry’s powerful narrative in Washington and elevating the CandyPAC’s activities,” Liz Clark, NCA senior vice president of public policy, said. “With Alyssa’s addition to the team, the CandyPAC will continue to support Congressional leaders who understand the issues and concerns of the confectionery industry and the more than 600,000 American workers whose jobs are tied to confectionery.”

Before joining NCA, Clevenger (pictured) developed and executed fundraising, disbursements and political strategy for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s HotelPAC. In addition to her background in fundraising, she brings extensive experience in grassroots advocacy, political communications and donor relations.

The CandyPAC is the confectionery industry’s political action committee managed by NCA. The CandyPAC offers its funds to current and prospective members of Congress in support of the confectionery industry, which contributes nearly $45 billion to the American economy annually and maintains nearly 1,300 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. Learn more about the contributions of the confectionery industry to the American economy at PowerOfSweet.com.

Through advocacy and regulatory guidance, communications, industry insights and retail and supply chain engagement, NCA helps foster an environment that enables candy makers to thrive. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 54,000 workers in more than 1,300 manufacturing facilities across the country.

The organisation is behind the annual Sweets and Snacks Expo show which was due to be staged in Chicago once again this May, but has been postponed until next year amid the ongoing global coronavirus crisis.

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