AmericanHort is pleased to announce the arrival of Sara Neagu-Reed, effective April 11, as Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs. She joins the Washington, DC-based advocacy team working alongside Craig Regelbrugge, Executive Vice President-Advocacy, Research, and Industry Relations; and Evan Lee, Director of Policy, and Government Relations.
Neagu-Reed joins AmericanHort after a decade of working in various government affairs and legislative roles. Prior to joining AmericanHort, she served as Associate Director of Federal Policy for the California Farm Bureau Federation, where she advocated for the interests of California farmers and ranchers before Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Prior to that, Neagu-Reed served as Senior Legislative Analyst for the USDA, and as a legislative assistant for the National Corn Growers Association. Her career began as a District Representative for a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served as principal liaison to local businesses, organizations, and constituents, managing local policy issues.
A California native and first generation Romanian American, Neagu-Reed is a graduate of the University of San Francisco holding a bachelor’s degree in Politics. She will receive her master’s degree in Public Administration and Service from Texas A&M University in December 2023. Neagu-Reed is also a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program and WeLead, American University’s program for professional women looking to gain leadership skills needed to run for public office.
“Sara’s strong and relevant work experience advocating on federal issues, most recently with the California Farm Bureau Federation, will be a strong asset to AmericanHort as we continue to build out our advocacy portfolio,” said Craig Regelbrugge. “We look forward to her contributions toward influencing the issues most important to our industry.”
Neagu-Reed fills an advocacy staff vacancy created with the recent departure of Tal Coley who was named last month as the new CEO for the Florida Nursery, Growers, & Landscape Association. To learn more about the AmericanHort team, visit AmericanHort.org/Team.