Karey Claghorn, Iowa's deputy secretary of agriculture, announced last week that she is resigning that post. She will join the Iowa Soybean Association staff on June 27 as chief operating officer.
In the newly-created position at ISA, Claghorn will work closely with the chief executive officer Kirk Leeds to accomplish the goals and objectives of ISA. Claghorn will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state soybean organization, helping to assure that the long-range strategic plan and the annual business plan are effectively and efficiently implemented.
Claghorn will be responsible for coordination and integration of the efforts of a very progressive and diverse team of staff professionals, says Leeds. She will also work with the association's chief financial officer, to ensure that the organization has the necessary administrative and reporting procedures in place to maintain and enhance the financial strength of the association.
ISA continues to expand, offering more services to agriculture
"We look forward to having Karey join the ISA staff as chief operating officer. Her breadth of experience will be a great addition to our staff as we take our organization to the next level," says Leeds. ISA continues to expand the services it offers to its members and to agriculture in general, he notes.
Claghorn says, "It has been an incredible opportunity and an honor being Iowa's deputy secretary of agriculture for Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey and to work with the entire team at the state ag department. But I'm very excited about joining the ISA team. ISA has a very impressive staff and operates in a progressive way that I am anxious to join. This is a unique opportunity that will enable me to expand my horizons and experiences and continue to serve Iowa's farmers now and into the future."
Claghorn served as Iowa's deputy secretary of ag since 2006
Since 2006, Claghorn has served as deputy secretary of agriculture, working closely with Northey at the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship. In addition to representing IDALS at local, state, national and international events, she has managed day-to-day operations and served as head of human resources. She has worked with bureau chiefs and division directors in the management of a more than $60 million annual budget.
Her responsibilities also have included regular communication with the governor's office of the state of Iowa and the state legislature regarding Iowa ag issues, as well as with USDA, FDA and EPA about programs and constituent issues, in addition to working with the media to communicate agriculture news.
Her previous experience also includes corporate manager of training for Marsh Supermarkets and Village Pantry convenience stores in Indianapolis, Indiana. In that role, besides working with the employees in every department, she also worked with media for special events, delivered keynote speeches and worked with food safety issues. Claghorn and her husband, Alan, have three children. They operate a small thoroughbred horse operation in Warren County, Iowa, and raise hay. To learn more about ISA, visit www.iasoybeans.com.