Leading strategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced today that Joel Leftwich will join its government relations practice as a Managing Director. Leftwich will provide strategic and policy counsel to clients and will be a key member of GPG Food, the firm’s food and agriculture practice.
Leftwich has worked in Washington for more than a decade. He most recently spent two years as the Republican Majority Staff Director for Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, leading the committee’s political and policy strategy and working closely with Members and staff. Earlier in his career, he also worked as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Roberts, handling agriculture during the 2008 Farm Bill, as well as energy, immigration and transportation issues. Leftwich worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Congressional Relations under President George W. Bush.
Leftwich also has private sector experience, including serving over two years as Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs at PepsiCo, Inc. Leftwich also briefly served as Agriculture Program Manager in Government Affairs at DuPont.
“Joel has been a driving force behind virtually all major nutrition and agriculture policy over the past decade, thanks to his deep understanding of the diverse, and often complex, needs of our food and agriculture sector combined with a remarkable talent for getting things done,” said Grant Leslie, Managing Director at GPG and head of GPG Food. “We are thrilled to add Joel’s unique perspective on these issues to our food policy and communications team.”
A native of Wellington, Kansas, Leftwich graduated from Friends University close to his hometown and received a master of arts from Loyola University of Chicago. Leftwich started his career in politics and agriculture first as a legislative aide for Representative Jim Ryun (R-Kansas).
GPG Food helps clients navigate legislative and regulatory issues and shape the policy debate on today’s most contentious and important food, agriculture, nutrition and sustainability issues. Through its work with corporations, government, nonprofits and advocacy coalitions, the bipartisan practice has developed a deep understanding of the policies, politics and players at the heart of national conversations on food and nutrition, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, the Farm Bill, agricultural innovation and food insecurity.
The practice’s deep ties to food and agriculture are complemented by GPG’s leading Public Affairs, Government Relations, Research and Advocacy and Branding talent. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with an office in New York, GPG offers its clients a suite of fully integrated services including public affairs, corporate reputation, media relations, government affairs, opinion research, crisis communications, digital strategy, advertising and brand positioning.