WASHINGTON – Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., is the National Chicken Council’s new vice president of science and technology, announced NCC President Mike Brown. She succeeds Steve Pretanik, who retired. Mary Colville was also promoted from director of government relations to vice president of government affairs

Peterson previously served as vice president of government relations for the United Egg Producers. “Dr. Peterson has forged a record of excellence in scientific, technical and governmental matters, and we are pleased she is bringing her talents and energy to NCC,” Brown said. “Her responsibilities will include food safety, poultry inspection, and animal welfare as well as keeping her finger on the pulse of initiatives within the regulatory agencies.”

Mary Colville has helped navigate many tough issues on Capitol Hill this year and over her 24 years with NCC, Brown said. “She is relied upon and viewed as a seasoned veteran by policymakers and our members,” he added.

While at UEP, Peterson worked with Congress and the regulatory agencies on a variety of issues including organic egg production and food safety. She has also served both as the director of legislative affairs and director of regulatory affairs at the American Meat Institute, where her responsibilities included environmental and sustainability issues, animal welfare and lobbying Congress.

Peterson came to Washington as a Congressional Science Fellow in the US House of Representatives, working on agriculture, energy, and environment issues. She earned her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the Univ. of Maryland, her Master of Science in Animal Science from Michigan State Univ. and her Bachelor of Science from the Univ. of Kentucky.