Leading strategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group announced DaNita Murray has joined the firm as a managing director in the Washington office. Murray brings more than 15 years of legislative expertise to provide strategic and policy counsel to GPG Food, the firm’s food and agriculture practice.
Murray comes to GPG from the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. As chief counsel and policy director of the committee, Murray provided advice to Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) on nutrition, forestry, pesticides, horticulture, hemp, organics, biotechnology, regulatory reform, trade and agricultural defense issues. Murray also drafted and analyzed legislative language and played a pivotal role in the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act of 2018 and the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law.
“Reflective of the incredible growth of GPG Food, we are delighted to add another senior leader to our practice,” said GPG managing director Grant Leslie. “DaNita’s unmatched expertise and deep relationships will be invaluable in navigating a wide variety of pressing issues in the food and agriculture sector for our clients.”
Murray previously was counsel for the House Committee on Agriculture, where she helped drive strategy and negotiations for the 2014 Farm Bill. Murray also spent several years as the director of public policy at the National Corn Growers Association, where besides driving trade and biotechnology policy, she served as the liaison to congressional, administration and White House staff.
Murray has also held a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Murray began her career in legislative affairs in 2003 for then-U.S. Representative William Janklow (R-SD). Murray received her juris doctor with honor from Drake University Law School and an undergraduate degree from South Dakota State University.
From innovative start-ups to the world’s leading brands, GPG Food helps clients navigate complex policy and communications around today’s most contentious food, nutrition, agriculture and sustainability issues. The practice harnesses unparalleled policy expertise, deep media relationships and a clear sense of where the conversations are headed to achieve our clients’ goals.