Brown Joins AFBF as External Relations Director
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation announced that Sarah Brown has joined the American Farm Bureau Federation as external relations director in the organization’s Industry Affairs Department. As external relations director, Brown will play an important part in increasing the organization’s role as the Voice of Agriculture for the industry. She also will focus on expanding Farm Bureau’s influence by building alliances and coalitions with key industry partners to increase engagement with AFBF, according to Dan Durheim, executive director, Industry Affairs.
“Sarah has extensive experience in marketing and communications strategy, client relationship management, and sales and service optimization,” Durheim said. “AFBF will greatly benefit from Sarah’s experience and insights gained from working with clients, companies and organizations both inside and outside of agriculture.”
Brown comes to AFBF from Weber Associates, where she was a senior consultant charged with managing client relationships. Prior to that, she was assistant director of admissions at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences in New York, and a sales and marketing manager at Intergrow Greenhouses, Inc.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in applied economics and management from CALS. She grew up in western New York where her family, members of the Orleans County Farm Bureau, has managed a fruit farm since 1804.
“AFBF is pleased to have Sarah play a key role in strengthening our stakeholder outreach efforts,” said Durheim. “The strategic outreach skills she brings to this position will benefit America’s farm and ranch families as we continue to realign our organizational resources behind implementing our grassroots policies.”