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

•  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.

•  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.

•  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.