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Michael Torrey Associates expands policy team

James Glueck joins firm as vice president of policy team.

Michael Torrey Associates (MTA), a leading Washington, D.C.-based firm that offers effective government relations, strategic communications, and issue advocacy to the food, agriculture, and forestry sector, announced the new addition of James Glueck as vice president to its policy team.

“We are thrilled by the addition of such a well-respected professional who brings a wealth of experience and policy expertise,” said firm principal Michael Torrey. “James’s combination of public and private sector experience and deep breadth of knowledge of the issues affecting the food and agriculture industry will make him a valuable resource for our clients.”

James joins MTA from the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry where he was staff director under the leadership of Chairman Pat Roberts. For over a decade, Glueck has played an integral role on the committee and in the personal office of former U.S. Senator Mike Johanns (R, Neb.), advising on a wide-range of subjects including risk management, biotechnology, grain handling, nutrition, trade, foreign relations, and water issues. His legislative experience includes successful passage and oversight of the 2018 and 2014 farm bills as well as the 2016 biotechnology food disclosure law.

Prior to Capitol Hill, Glueck worked for Bunge North America, an integrated agribusiness and food ingredient company. He also served at the USDA, including roles as a senior advisor to the undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, congressional liaison, deputy White House liaison, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, and confidential assistant in the Farm Service Agency.

“I am excited to be part of the MTA team. During nearly 20 years working in Washington, I have found that listening to stakeholders and bipartisanship are key to identifying commonsense solutions. I look forward to applying this same approach in helping MTA’s clients, especially in a time when the food and agriculture industry is witnessing significant shifts in policy focus,” Glueck said.

He received an undergraduate degree in agricultural development from Texas A&M University and a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.  

MTA further expanded its policy team with the addition of Danielle Nelson earlier in April as a director of government relations. Nelson joined the firm from the Agricultural Retailers Association.

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