The US trade body said O’Donnell will support NCA’s political efforts and manage NCA’s CandyPAC, the confectionery industry’s political action committee and one of the top food & beverage PACs in the country.
“Kelly brings extensive political and fundraising experience to NCA and will play a key role in advocating on policy issues that impact the confectionery industry,” said Brian M McKeon, NCA senior vice president of public policy.
“With Kelly’s expertise, the CandyPAC will continue to be a strong voice for the nearly 700,000 Americans whose jobs are tied to the confectionery industry.”
O’Donnell joins the Public Policy & Government Affairs team with a decade of experience grounded in advocacy and fundraising.
Before joining the NCA, she served as the PAC director for various organisations, including the National Association of REALTORS, TriNet, and the Farm Credit Council.
She holds a BA in Politics & Government from Ohio Wesleyan University and resides in Washington, D.C.
About the CandyPAC
The CandyPAC is the US confectionery industry’s political action committee managed by NCA. The CandyPAC contributes to current and prospective members of Congress who support the confectionery industry. With more than $37bn in retail sales each year and more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states, the NCA claims the confectionery industry is a powerful driver of the economy.