Hagan will serve as the vice president of state affairs and grassroots, running the state-level efforts of the food, beverages and consumer products industries.
“GMA has a strong reputation as an effective advocacy organization,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the association’s members and state and local policymakers to develop and promote responsible public policy solutions that best serve consumers.”
The organization counts Clorox, Coca-Cola, Energizer, General Mills, Hershey, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft Foods, McDonald's, Nestle, Montasanto and Safeway as members and has spent more than $1.3 million on federal lobbying so far this year.
At Walgreen, Hagan worked as the director of government relations for health and wellness. Before that, she spent four years at Consumer Healthcare Products Association, serving as its national director of state government relations
States are currently dealing with the implementation of federal food safety regulations and the debate over labeling of genetically modified foods.
“States often serve as a laboratory for policy solutions, where successes are magnified and quickly move onto the national agenda,” the association says on its website.