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Enright leaves Western Growers for BIO position

Cathleen Enright
Cathleen Enright
Cathleen Enright, the vice president for federal government affairs at Western Growers Association, will join the Biotechnology Industry Association (BIO) as executive vice president for food and agriculture on Nov. 7.

Before her time at WGA, Enright spent12 years working in government agencies. From 1995 to 2000, she served as a policy analyst at the State Department in the Office of Environment and Scientific Affairs, where she negotiated treaties impacting agricultural trade including the Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety.

Enright previously held the position of assistant deputy administrator of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, where she was the chief negotiator for the resolution of phytosanitary trade barriers.

From 2006 to 2007, she was the deputy assistant U.S. trade representative, where she led many trade policy initiatives that impacted agriculture, including the Sanitary and Phytosanitary chapter of the Korea Free Trade Agreement. She also served as the U.S. representative to the World Trade Organization’s SPS Committee.

Enright earned a doctorate in biochemistry from the State University of New York and completed her post-doctoral training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

BIO has also hired Joanne Duncan as chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, beginning Nov. 21. Duncan was senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Credit Union National Association.