WASHINGTON – The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced it promoted four staff members.
IDFA named Michelle Albee Matto associate vice president, regulatory affairs and nutrition; Melissa Lembke became associate vice president, programs and partnerships; Donald Grady is now senior director, legislative affairs; and Tyesha Wilson was promoted to director, financial services.
The organization shared that Matto provides technical and regulatory leadership to advance IDFA’s nutrition and health advocacy, helping the dairy industry’s role in federal nutrition programs and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Her previous experience includes time at the Food Research and Action Center.
While overseeing IDFA’s various program areas, Lembke’s duties include strategic leadership for the association’s conferences, workshops, virtual programs and events. Her background includes senior marketing and event services responsibilities at nonprofit organizations.
In Grady’s role, IDFA said he advocates for the organization’s legislative policies and objectives with policymakers and stakeholders. Grady also is responsible for assisting with the development of IDFA’s legislative goals and strategies. Earlier in his career, Grady worked as a legislative assistant in the office of US Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and as a legislative correspondent for US Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.).
Per IDFA, Wilson’s expertise within the organization deals with finance and accounting, such as budgeting and planning, financial analysis, audits, risk assessments and administration of IDFA’s payroll and employee benefits program. Prior to joining the organization, Wilson was an accounting and HR assistant at IT consulting firm Interliant.