National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Joel Brandenberger announced the promotion of Leslee Oden to legislative affairs manager.
"Leslee has shown dedication, hard-work and commitment to NTF's legislative mission," said Brandenberger. "We are confident that she will continue to strengthen the legislative team as they strive to influence and implement public policy that will promote and protect the turkey industry."
As legislative affairs manager, Oden will be responsible for development and implementation of programs to ensure maximum grassroots involvement from NTF members in the federation's lobbying activities. In her new role, she will work to ensure the federation's membership is extremely active and engaged in the legislative process. She also will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day management of TURPAC, NTF's political action committee.
Oden reports to NTF Vice President of Government Affairs Damon Wells.
Oden joined NTF in 2009 as a legislative intern and then served as the agriculture fellow for former Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama. During that time, she advised the congressman on policy issues relating to agriculture, energy and the environment. She returned to NTF in January of 2010 and was appointed legislative affairs coordinator in April of that year.
She holds a Master's in Poultry Science from Texas A&M University.