Julie Anna Potts is president and CEO of the North American Meat Institute, where she leads the implementation of all Institute programs and activities. She was elected to the Nationwide Board of Directors in 2021.

An agriculture veteran, Potts previously served the American Farm Bureau Federation as executive vice president, treasurer and general counsel. She was also chief counsel of the Senate Agriculture Committee under then-Chairman Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Earlier in her career, Potts was an associate in two Washington, D.C., environmental law groups and clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Potts is a trustee of The Pennsylvania State University, serves on boards such as the Agriculture Future of America and the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation, and was appointed to the USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee in 2021. She earned her law degree at The George Washington University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in English at Bryn Mawr College.

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