New NRA President Looking Forward


Nancy Foster is eager to bring her years of working with Washington, DC, lawmakers to her new position as president of the National Renderers Association (NRA), and looks forward to new challenges and opportunities working for the rendering industry.

“Renderers provide a highly essential role to our country and our economy,” she commented. “And I love policy issues.” Foster assumed her new role on November 5, 2013, taking the helm from Tom Cook, who retires at the end of this year after 16 years as NRA president.

“Tom has done a great job and I want to build on that,” Foster stated, adding that she looks forward to working with the strong staff already in place. “I’m excited to lead NRA and contribute to the betterment and profitability of our industry.”

Coming from a background in crops and nutrition, Foster worked with livestock producers as vice president of public affairs for the American Soybean Association. Most recently, she served as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Apple Association, directing lobbying, public relations, crisis communications, and industry information programs to promote profitable apple production and marketing. She has worked for the United States Secretary of Agriculture and managed national lobbying programs for the pesticide, dietetics, and soybean industries. Foster graduated from Smith College and studied at Cornell University.

“I’m impressed with NRA’s proactive approach,” she shared. “I firmly believe in telling your message before someone else does.” Foster also knows the personal connections she’s made in Washington, DC, over the years give her the credibility and trust needed to represent a trade organization effectively to government regulators. While president of the U.S. Apple Association, Foster was instrumental in persuading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to avoid unobtainable new arsenic levels in apple juice in new regulations just proposed this past summer. She has also worked with FDA on the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

Foster recognizes the value of these relationships and the ones already estab-lished by Cook while moving NRA and its members forward in the coming years.


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