The American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors has elected Julie Anna Potts executive vice president. In her new role, Potts will lead the AFBF staff in its implementation of all programs and activities for the organization, as well as for the coordination between the organization and its affiliated companies. She will also serve as treasurer of AFBF and its affiliates.
Since March of this year, Potts served as senior executive director for operations and development, overseeing strategic development and the operations of AFBF’s organization, accounting and administrative services departments, as well as coordination of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and American Farm Bureau, Inc.
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. She rejoined AFBF earlier this year.
Before joining AFBF, Potts practiced law as an associate in the Washington office of Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw, where she represented AFBF in environmental regulatory cases. Prior to that, she was an associate with Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Potts grew up in Alabama, where her family owns farmland. She earned her law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Potts succeeds Richard Newpher who retired after 19 years of service with AFBF, the last seven as executive vice president. Newpher previously worked 19 years with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in various capacities.