Nathan Bowen Named IA Advocacy Director

Published online: Sep 04, 2022 Articles
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Fairfax, Virginia — The Irrigation Association has hired Nathan Bowen as its new advocacy director. Bowen brings extensive experience leading advocacy efforts for organizations, including working closely with agriculture stakeholders and federal and state agencies on legislative and regulatory policy goals.

His background includes a full breadth of policy issues, especially environmental regulation, water quality, conservation and international trade.

“We are excited to welcome Nathan to the IA team,” said Natasha Rankin, MBA, CAE, CEO of the Irrigation Association. “In addition to his advocacy and legislative affairs experience, he brings a background growing up in agriculture and has focused his career in that sector. With this invaluable experience, Nathan is more than prepared to work with stakeholders to take irrigation’s message to the decision-makers affecting public policy that impacts our members and our industry.”

Bowen previously served as the executive director, public policy for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, where he spent nearly 10 years advancing NASDA’s federal legislative and regulatory policy goals. Prior to that, he worked on Capitol Hill as a U.S. House of Representatives legislative assistant with a portfolio that included international trade, agriculture, natural resources, environment and energy.

“I am excited to join the IA team and be a part of this vibrant industry that plays a crucial role in the stewardship of our nation’s water resources,” said Bowen. “I look forward to getting to know our members in the coming months and to advancing the industry’s priorities with policymakers around the country.”

For more information about the Irrigation Association, visit www.irrigation.org.