The NCA said McKeon’s remit will be to lead the association’s government affairs strategy, oversee grassroots activities, manage the CandyPAC - the confectionery industry's political action committee managed by NCA - and focus on proactive efforts to influence public policy that impacts the confectionery industry.
“Brian will hit the ground running with his deep understanding of the issues our industry faces, and his perspective and experience will be an asset as we work to achieve our bold, inspirational vision,” said John Downs, NCA President & CEO. “We are excited to welcome Brian to NCA. He will be an invaluable member of our team and a major asset to the chocolate and candy industry.”
McKeon brings more than 15 years of experience to his new role at NCA and deep knowledge of the inner workings of Congress and the administration.
He comes to NCA directly from lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, where he spent the past five years as a senior member of the team.
McKeon began his career serving on political campaigns and Capitol Hill. He was senior counsel to former US Senator Barbara Boxer and legislative director and acting chief of staff for Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
He officially starts his new position on August 30 and succeeds long-time NCA staff member Liz Clark who was recently appointed CEO of IHRSA, the global health & fitness association.