What happened: NPPC Vice President of International Affairs Maria C. Zieba this week participated in an event, Pathways to Opportunity, put on by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) for students from the University of Nebraska, University of Kansas, and University of Denver. WITA is the largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the nation’s capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade and economic issues.
Zieba, who serves on the WITA board of directors, moderated a panel on government and public affairs jobs in the private sector. The panel featured Gregg Doud, chief operating officer for the National Milk Producers Federation and former chief agricultural negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and Maureen Hinman, former director of environment and natural resources at USTR and co-founder and chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving geopolitical challenges in trade and industrial security, economic and ecological security, and cybersecurity.
Why it matters: WITA, whose members include trade leaders in business, law, academia, non-governmental organizations, embassies, and the U.S. government, educates policy makers and the public about pressing international trade and economic policy issues. It regularly holds events and meetings on such topics. Through moderating a panel for dozens of students, Zieba shed light on the vast opportunities for careers within the pork industry. Zieba’s leadership within WITA has elevated the importance of NPPC’s international trade priorities amongst policy makers and the public.
This is good but let’s add something about Maria’s/NPPC ‘s leadership in this esteemed organization and the value of moderating a panel on the value/impact of trade for students(next generation).