Washington — NCA has added two staff members in new roles designed to build on the Association’s advocacy and communications activities. These individuals will expand the organization’s ability to tell the confectionery industry’s powerful narrative and highlight its member companies’ economic contributions with audiences ranging from members of Congress to consumer influencers and other key stakeholder groups, according to NCA.
Lauren O’Toole Boland joins the public affairs & communications team as director of communications, focused on strengthening media engagement, strategic communications and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining NCA, she was a vice-president at Marathon Strategies and served on the communications team at the Association of Global Automakers. Additionally, Boland served as communications director for two members of Congress and gained experience on multiple congressional campaigns in Ohio.
Courtney Hogan is new to the policy & regulatory affairs group as manager of grassroots and public policy. In this role, she will concentrate on increasing engagement and participation of elected officials in NCA public policy initiatives and member company events and developing opportunities for policymakers to tour confectionery manufacturing facilities and participate in other on-the-ground opportunities, according to the Association. Prior to joining NCA, Hogan served as government affairs manager at the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and worked in the office of Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08).
“NCA has built a strong reputation as a thought leader in the public affairs and advocacy space in and outside of Washington, and the addition of Lauren and Courtney to the team will only strengthen our capability,” John Downs, NCA president and CEO, says. “We’re excited to add to our advocacy and communications capacity, which will help us tell our story to members of Congress and our stakeholder audiences and provide even more value to our member companies.”