Apr 15, 2020
Washington, D.C. April 15, 2020. The American Soybean Association (ASA) has hired Alexa Combelic to join its government affairs team, located in Washington, D.C., starting May 4.
Combelic has served in various Hill staff roles the past 10 years, working for Members of both the House and Senate, and currently is legislative director for Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut. Combelic is originally from Connecticut and earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from the University of Connecticut before starting her work on the Hill in D.C.
Christy Seyfert, ASA Executive Director of Government Affairs said, “Alexa has a broad range of policy knowledge and a robust network that will equip her to be an effective advocate for ASA. We are very pleased to add someone with her level of experience and interest in agriculture to our recently established and growing ASA policy office here in our nation’s capital. And, we are thrilled by the prospect of what this new team is going to accomplish on behalf of soy.”
In Oct. 2019, ASA shifted from consulting-based policy representation to an independent, internal ASA government affairs team led by Seyfert and located in D.C. The Association employs approximately 40 employees, with around a quarter of those to be in D.C. and the remainder based out of the ASA headquarters in St. Louis, MO, in proximity to many of the country’s major soybean-producing states.
Combelic joins ASA as a Director of Government Affairs. Her portfolio will include biofuels and infrastructure, both of which are current priority issues for ASA. In her previous roles, Combelic has worked on a vast array of issues applicable to and of interest to soy, among them agriculture, transportation, energy, appropriations, labor, trade, environment and nutrition.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) represents U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international policy issues important to the soybean industry. ASA has 26 affiliated state associations representing 30 soybean producing states and more than 300,000 soybean farmers. More information at https://soygrowers.com/.