Potts Named NAMI President and CEO
August 24, 2018
This week, the North American Meat Institute named Julie Anna Potts its next president and CEO, effective Sept. 24. Potts succeeds retiring President and CEO Barry Carpenter.
An agriculture veteran, Potts has served the American Farm Bureau Federation since 2011 as its executive vice president and treasurer. In her role, Potts led the AFBF staff in its implementation of all programs and activities for the organization, as well as the coordination between AFBF and its affiliated companies.
Potts first joined AFBF in 2004, serving as general counsel until 2009. In late 2009, she was named chief counsel of the Senate Agriculture Committee, serving under then-Chairman Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.
Earlier in her career, Potts was an associate in the environmental law groups of the Washington, D.C., law firms Mayer Brown, LLP, and Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal. She also clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1997-1998.
Potts earned her law degree at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., and her bachelor of arts in English at Bryn Mawr (Penn.) College. She is a trustee of Pennsylvania State University and chair of the American Enterprise Agriculture Sector Committee at the Smithsonian American History Museum.