NCA names Brian M. Mckeon as senior vice president of public policy

The National Confectioners Association has appointed Brian M. McKeon as senior vice president of public policy, leading its government affairs strategy and grassroots industry engagement, writes Neill Barston.

He comes to the organisation from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he spent the last five years as a senior member of the team, and has 15 years’ knowledge of the US Congress.

As the NCA explained, McKeon began his career serving on political campaigns and Capitol Hill. He was senior counsel to former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and legislative director and acting chief of staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

In addition, he also has extensive experience with the policymaking and regulatory process, as well as a diverse political network and understanding of the issues facing the confectionery industry. He is anticipated to put to strong use managing CandyPAC, the industry political action committee, engaging government on key issues affecting the sector.

“Brian will hit the ground running with his deep understanding of the issues our industry faces, and his perspective and experience will be an asset as we work to achieve our bold, inspirational vision,” NCA President & CEO John Downs said. “We are excited to welcome Brian to NCA. He will be an invaluable member of our team and a major asset to the chocolate and candy industry.”

McKeon officially starts his new position on August 30 and succeeds long-time NCA staff member Liz Clark who was recently appointed CEO of IHRSA, the global health & fitness association. As the NCA added, its new senior strategist hails from Auburn, NY, and is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, with a J.D. from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, VA, with his wife and two children.

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