Ben Burkett, 601.310.5223
Lisa Griffith, 773.319.5838
July 7, 2017
Washington, DC – The National Family Farm Coalition is very pleased to announce that Quinton N. Robinson will hold their newly created position of Interim Policy Advocate beginning July 10, 2017. The Coalition sought a committed and creative individual to build capacity within its membership and to strengthen the alliances advancing fair farm, food and trade policies. Having worked for family farmers and rural communities at multiple levels of government for nearly two decades, Quinton was a logical choice
“I’ve known Quinton for almost 20 years through his work with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and for the Rural Development Agency in Georgia,” noted Ben Burkett, NFFC Board President. “His knowledge and experience working on the Hill will be a valuable asset for NFFC and its member organizations.”
Quinton served for six years in the House of Representatives as legislative staffer to several Members and for almost four years with the Committee on Agriculture before assuming the role of Agriculture Policy Advisor with the Rural Coalition, which he held for six years. He has written policy position papers and drafted floor statements and legislative language, including some for the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills in areas of civil rights, forestry, fisheries, food and nutrition, and land grant research and education. A licensed attorney, he was also responsible for drafting contracts and agreements and for informing Members of Congress on federal laws and legislation impacting small farmers and ranchers.
“We’re excited to have someone with such a strong background in policy issues across our food system,” said Lisa Griffith, NFFC’s Interim Executive Director. “We will always miss Kathy Ozer, but we know that Quinton will insure that the seeds she planted on the Hill are properly tended.”
For seven years, Quinton filled two political appointments within the Obama Administration for the US Department of Agriculture – Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and Georgia State Director of the Rural Development Agency. He provided leadership and supervision to federal employees charged with developing policies and programs to support rural economic development (including farm-related businesses), clean water, energy and housing. His commitment to rural communities and family farmers and ranchers will enable NFFC to maintain and amplify their voice in Washington, DC.