The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has promoted Danielle Quist to the position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel, and Donald Grady to the position of Director, Legislative Affairs, effective July 1. Both Quist and Grady currently serve as integral subject matter experts on IDFA’s Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Legislative Affairs teams, providing IDFA members with state and federal advocacy and expert insights into current and coming legislation, regulation and litigation.

In her new role, Quist will work with IDFA members and government agencies on environmental, worker safety, bioengineered foods labeling and sustainability issues. She also serves as the association’s legal counsel on issues involving contracts, antitrust, and statutory and regulatory interpretation.

Quist joined IDFA two years ago after nearly 14 years at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), most recently as senior counsel for public policy. She was also co-lead for AFBF’s legal advocacy program, winning cases, resolving issues and securing policy outcomes for farms, ranches and the entire agricultural community. Before that, Quist worked on Capitol Hill as a counsel on the House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources and Regulatory Affairs. She also was an associate at Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP, and served as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Quist earned her Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University. She is a member of the D.C. and New York bars.

In his new role as Director, Legislative Affairs, Grady will advocate for IDFA’s legislative policies and objectives with policymakers and other stakeholders, as well as assist with developing IDFA’s legislative goals and strategies.

Grady joined IDFA in 2018 after serving as a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-Calif.) where he coordinated and managed all legislative efforts and constituent services related to the agriculture industry and the House Agriculture Committee. Before that, Grady was a legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative Jim Marshall (D-Ga.). He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University.


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Danielle Quist

Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Counsel

Donald Grady

Director, Legislative Affairs