GMA Taps Hagan For VP Of State Affairs And Grassroots Role

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Mandy N. Hagan, Esq., has been appointed VP of state affairs and grassroots for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

“I am pleased to welcome Mandy Hagan to the GMA government affairs staff,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO. “Her experience and proven leadership as an association public affairs professional will go a long way towards advancing the food, beverage and consumer products industry’s efforts to achieve responsible public policy solutions at all levels of government.”

Hagan has worked in associations and government relations for nearly a decade. She joins GMA from Walgreen Co. where she served as director of government relations for health and wellness. In this role, she led federal, state and local advocacy efforts for the retailer’s health and wellness division, including legislative campaigns, regulatory engagement and coalition building.

Prior to Walgreen, Hagan spent four years at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) as national director of state government relations. At CHPA, she worked with an extensive network of staff, consultants and political organizations to provide legislative and administration leaders with information about issues impacting the nonprescription (OTC) drug manufacturing industry. Her career includes stints at two other Washington-based trade groups and a legal clerkship. Hagan got her start in the public policy field as a district representative for Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

“I am thrilled to join the GMA team,” said Hagan. “GMA has a strong reputation as an effective advocacy organization, and I look forward to working with the association’s members and state and local policymakers to develop and promote responsible public policy solutions that best serve consumers.”

Hagan will report to Louis Finkel, GMA’s EVP for government affairs. In her new role, Hagan will be responsible for managing all state and local policy issues and advocacy activities on behalf of the food, beverage and consumer products industry.


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A former newspaper editor and publisher who has handled digital duties for The Shelby Report since 2011. She once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.