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NPA hires new lobbyist

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has brought on a new lobbyist.

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Olivia Igbokwe has been hired by the trade group as its new director of government relations. She served as a legal fellow in Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) office before coming to the NPA.

John Shaw, NPA’s CEO and executive director, praised Igbokwe.

“As 2013 comes to a close, we’re looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities that next year will bring. Olivia is well suited to tackle our legislative priorities, including cultivating new industry champions and preserving the core values of the natural products industry. I’m confident Olivia will do an excellent job of representing NPA, its members and the entire industry on Capitol Hill,” Shaw said in a statement.

The trade group has also promoted Gabrielle Alahouzos to senior vice president of membership services and Lauren Cohen to director of communications.

The NPA represents retailers, manufacturers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements and beauty treatments. The trade group has pushed for GMO labeling this year, backing legislation on Capitol Hill that would require the Food and Drug Administration to label foods with genetically modified ingredients.

The NPA has spent about $662,000 on lobbying so far this year, according to disclosure records.