Beltway Veteran Joins NFI Government Affairs Team

January 21, 2015 Washington, DC The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has hired Kedrin Simms Brachman as Director of Government Relations. Simms Brachman previously held positions on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and at trade associations.

Kedrin is about as well-rounded as they come in Washington, said NFI president John Connelly. With experience ranging from legislative work in the House to congressional affairs work in an agency to understanding how associations create value for members, Kedrin is well-equipped to be a champion for the seafood community.

Simms Brachman comes to NFI from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where she played a pivotal role in the successful passage of legislation and amendments. Her executive branch work helped her develop and maintain strong bi-partisan relationships. On Capitol Hill, she worked for three different offices in the House of Representatives.

Kedrins knowledge of policy issues in Washington translates into action, advocacy, and strategy, said Robert DeHaan, Vice President of Government Affairs for NFI. In between government and association work, Simms Brachman consulted for congressional candidates, of whom nine out of ten were successfully elected to Congress. Were eager to see the impact Kedrins political focus will have as an advocate for the seafood community, said DeHaan.

Simms Brachman, who is fluent in French, is a graduate of Quebecs Bishops University.

Im excited to be joining the great NFI team to put my political and legislative experience to work to ensure the seafood community and our members always have a strong voice on Capitol Hill, said Simms Brachman.

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