OTA Names 1st Legislative and Advocacy Manager

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OTA Names 1st Legislative and Advocacy Manager

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has hired Will Telligman to the newly created position of legislative and advocacy manager. Telligman will work from the Greenfield, Mass.-based organization’s recently opened Washington, D.C., office.

Telligman’s most recent position was legislative affairs coordinator for the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) in Washington, following a yearlong stint as legislative affairs assistant with that trade group. Before joining the IFDA, he was a congressional intern in D.C. for Rep. John M. Spratt Jr. (D-S.C.).

Telligman grew up on a farm, and both sides of his family have continuously worked the land since the middle of the 19th century. He is currently earning a master’s degree in agricultural policy at Johns Hopkins University.

As legislative and advocacy manager, Telligman will assist OTA chief of policy and external relations Laura Batcha and OTA executive director Christine Bushway in building and coordinating relationships with key political staff, government officials in the Obama Administration and Congress, and allied organic groups, in regard to organic agriculture, industry and trade.

He will additionally advise congressional staff about the potential effects of proposals on organic agriculture and trade, monitor legislative developments, and disseminate timely alerts, summaries and analyses to OTA staff and membership.