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Katharine Emerson | National Corn Growers Association

Director, Public Policy and Political Strategy
Katharine Emerson

Katharine Emerson is Director of Public Policy and Political Strategy at the National Corn Growers Association — the National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 dues-paying corn farmers nationwide and the interests of more than 300,000 growers. NCGA and its 49 affiliated state organizations work together to create and increase opportunities for corn growers.

Prior to joining NCGA, Kat served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at World Food Program USA where she oversaw WFP USA’s annual fundraising event honoring U.S. leaders who have made a major impact in ending global hunger. Prior to that, she was Manager of Government Affairs for Monsanto Company for nearly eight years. In that capacity, she ran Monsanto’s federal political activity including developing and executing the bipartisan giving strategy for Monsanto’s PAC, which she grew by more than 250%. Kat also managed the company’s DC-based food and nutrition security partnerships, an issue she also represented on behalf of Monsanto on the Hill, where she maintained strong relationships with Members of Congress and their staff on both sides of the aisle.

A passionate advocate to end hunger, Kat is a board member for the Congressional Hunger Center where she chairs the Development Committee. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Kat is a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and lives in Washington, D.C.

What I do when I'm not at work

Hang out with my friends and family—spending lots of time with my 2 month old niece!

On my desk right now

Photos and a stack of reading material

What's on my iPod

Just about everything, but lately have been listening to The Submarines, David Gray and Fleetwood Mac

The best advice I ever received

Come home smarter today than you were this morning

What I'm reading right now

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

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2017 Workstorm Title & Description

"Let’s Talk PACs: The I2M PAC Town Hall"

Past conference participants know that the hallmark of all Innovate to Motivate conferences is information sharing among experienced PAC and grassroots professionals. In this fast-paced and highly interactive session, the Town Hall attendees will determine the workshop agenda. This format is sure to generate numerous new ideas for fortifying your PAC.

All conference participants will receive a master list of tips and tools compiled at the Town Hall.

Because this is a “live and uncut” I2M format, Town Hall participants set the agenda, but typical topics include:

• Best practices for persuasive PAC websites
• How to develop a working PAC Board
• How to build a “farm team” of new PAC Board leaders
• How to set PAC fundraising goals
• Maintaining PAC momentum in non-election years
• Tips for effective PAC video creation
• How to neutralize PAC “discouragers” in your organization
• Addressing common PAC contribution objections
• Ways to recognize PAC contributors and recruiters
• How to choose contribution guidelines
• Ways to use technology to recruit for your PAC
• Moving from an “educational” PAC to a persuasive PAC
• Creating annual PAC communications plans
• How to equip and train peer PAC recruiters
• Securing the highest levels of senior management and leadership PAC participation
. . . .and much more!

Songs on my playlist

The new Taylor Swift Reputation album!

My Website

National Corn Growers Association

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