January 5, 2024

NGA Elevates Senior Staff Leaders in Recognition of their Contributions to Organizational Growth and Influence

The National Grocers Association (NGA) today announced promotions for three key senior staff executives.

In announcing these promotions, NGA President and CEO, Greg Ferrara shares, “NGA is fortunate to have a strong and committed group of senior leaders who bring their experiences and expertise to bear every day for the benefit of our membership. Their unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership and invaluable contributions have been instrumental in NGA’s success, and I am confident their continued leadership will help drive this organization to new heights.”

Jonathan Downey is now Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. Jonathan is a nearly four-year veteran of NGA, having joined the organization in early 2020 to lead industry relations and business development. Today he is responsible for membership growth, events, administration and business development, including helping associate member companies achieve their business growth goals by engaging with NGA’s members. Jonathan is a long-time trade association executive, having previously worked for the Consumer Brands Association, a leading trade association representing consumer package goods companies. Additionally, Jonathan is a Certified Association Executive through ASAE.

Christopher Jones is now Chief Government Relations Officer & Counsel and Senior Vice President. Chris is a six-year veteran of NGA, having joined in 2017 from the US House of Representatives where he served as legislative director for a senior member of congress on the Agriculture Committee. Chris leads NGA’s government relations, legal and political operations, ensuring NGA’s member companies have a strong and influential voice in before Congress and federal agencies. He also leads the organization’s historic efforts to revive and enforce the Robinson-Patman Act and other important antitrust laws, key to ensuring Main Street and regional grocers can compete on a level playing field for the benefit of consumers.

Laura Strange is now Chief Communications and Engagement Officer and Senior Vice President. Laura is a ten-year veteran of NGA, having joined NGA in 2013 from the US House of Representatives where she served as the communications director for a senior member of congress on the Energy and Commerce Committee. Within NGA Laura leads internal departments responsible for all press and public affairs engagement, member communications, marketing, as well as member engagement and retention. Laura also leads important member programs such as NGA’s share groups, the NGA Creative Choice Awards program sponsored by Kellanova and Unilever and the NGA Best Bagger competition, sponsored by PepsiCo.

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