CropLife America's Leadership
Jay Vroom, President and CEO
Jay Vroom has served as president and chief executive officer of the trade association known as CropLife America (CLA) since 1989 and has been a leader in U.S. agribusiness trade associations for his entire career. In his current role with CLA, Vroom heads the leading U.S. trade group for the crop protection industry in the U.S. CLA is primarily involved in issue management and advocacy for the industry and its agricultural allies.
CLA performs federal and state lobbying, science and regulatory advocacy, and proactive litigation work on behalf of its members. Its principal issues revolve around articulating the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production; and advocating for clear, science-based regulations, which ensure the safe and effective use of crop protection tools. Through its membership in the Brussels-based global federation CropLife International (CLI), CLA is a strong voice in many international venues on issues critical to the plant science industry. Vroom is a senior member of CLI’s Crop Protection Steering Council.
Vroom is a founding member of the CropLife Foundation, serving as chairman since its inception in 2001, and now serves as the Foundation’s Vice-Chair, since 2015.
Based in Washington, D.C., CLA has a principal staff of nearly 30 professionals. CLA operates with several affiliated organizations including CropLife Political Action Committee, of which he serves as treasurer; RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a parallel organization to CLA which addresses issues pertinent to the non-agricultural uses of public health protection products and fertilizers; and, of course, CropLife Foundation.
Vroom was a member of the youth organization, Future Farmers of America, and today is a member of FFA’s Individual Giving Council. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) and continues to actively support that organization.
Prior to joining the CropLife staff, Vroom has various positions in executive capacities with the National Fertilizer Solutions Association, the Merchants Exchange of St. Louis and The Fertilizer Institute. He graduated with honors from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Vroom was raised on a grain and livestock farm in north-central Illinois and continues to own the farming operation.
Dr. Janet Collins, Senior Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Janet Collins is senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs at CropLife America, the largest national trade organization representing developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of agricultural pesticides across the United States. In this role, Collins heads the association’s science and regulatory affairs efforts.
For the past nine years, Dr. Collins served as global biotechnology manager and senior manager of corporate regulatory affairs at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. In this role, she led corporate regulatory food strategy development and formal advocacy implementation; provided regulatory policy leadership for global standards setting organizations; and provided regulatory advice and nutrition strategy for DuPont. Before joining DuPont in 2005, Dr. Collins was the director and lead for global regulatory organizations for Monsanto Company, where she provided leadership to global regulatory and scientific affairs staff, external global organizations and U.S. government regulatory agencies on issues such as labeling, nutrition and risk analysis.
Dr. Collins received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in experimental foods and nutrition from the University of Georgia, Athens; a Doctor of Philosophy in animal science from the University of Wyoming, Laramie; and is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Beau Greenwood, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Beau Greenwood is executive vice president of government relations and public affairs at CropLife America, the largest national trade organization representing developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of agricultural pesticides across the United States. In this role, Greenwood heads the association’s national and state advocacy efforts.
Prior to joining CropLife America, Greenwood served in a variety of agriculture policy capacities on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch. Most recently, he served as chief of staff to Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner Fred Hatfield during the Bush Administration. His initial appointment with the Commission was as director of congressional affairs during the Clinton Administration, where he helped shape policy and direct legislative strategy cumulating in the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which modernized U.S. futures and other derivatives trading.
While a member of the late-Senator Howell Heflin’s (D-AL) staff, Greenwood was instrumental in writing the 1996 Farm Bill and the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act. He also served as professional staff on the House Agriculture Committee to then-Ranking Member Congressman Charlie Stenholm (D-TX).
In addition to his work in agriculture community, Greenwood also served as director of government relations at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Washington, DC. His work was initially dominated by the recovery and response efforts of the Wall Street community after the 9/11 attacks followed by the wave of corporate scandals including Enron and Worldcom.
Beau began his professional career as a staff assistant to then-House Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Rose (D-NC).
A graduate of the George Washington University, Greenwood also attended Texas A&M University.
Bill Kuckuck, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
William F. Kuckuck is Executive Vice President and COO for CropLife America. He is also president of CropLife America’s educational and research arm, CropLife Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization designed to promote and advance sustainable agriculture, and the environmental-safe use of crop protection products and bio engineered agriculture. Prior to CropLife America, Kuckuck served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Farmland Trust (AFT), a Washington headquartered organization committed to helping farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful rural communities. Kuckuck’s professional experience includes several senior management positions in the food and agriculture sectors, having served as managing director of Marine Harvest Europe, president of Tyson Foods International and group chairman of Ralston Purina Asia/Pacific, among others.
Kuckuck, a contributing author of ‘The Future of North American Animal Agriculture,’ has also served as a lecturer on corporate governance at the University of Arkansas and was a featured speaker on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Kuckuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison in Agricultural Business Management and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University. He has also completed executive programs in International Management and Logistics/Supply Chain Management. In addition, Kuckuck is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.
Rachel Lattimore, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Rachel G. Lattimore is senior vice president and general counsel for CropLife America. As a key member of the association’s strategic management team, Lattimore provides corporate governance support to the Board of Directors and serves as a spokesperson for the crop protection industry.
Lattimore joined CropLife America in 2013 from the law firm Arent Fox LLP, where she had been a partner since 2003. She is recognized as an expert in a variety of highly-regulated business sectors such as pesticides, biotechnology, food safety and seed, and has direct experience in various litigation matters that span challenges such as federal regulation of ag biotechnology, pesticide data compensation and EPA enforcement actions.
Lattimore has authored numerous publications and presentations on issues as diverse as the Food Safety Modernization Act, expanding health and safety protection for infants and children and the precautionary principle and biotechnology.
A graduate of Duke University School of Law, Lattimore earned her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in English from the University of North Carolina. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand.
Doug Nelson, Senior Advisor, Trade, Intellectual Property and Strategic Issues
Douglas T. Nelson is Senior Advisor for Trade, Intellectual Property, and Strategic Issues for CropLife America the not-for-profit trade organization representing the major manufacturers, formulators and distributors of crop protection and pest control products, including bioengineered products with crop production and protection characteristics. Dr. Nelson had been the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of CropLife America for over 17 years before assuming his new role in 2013. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC, teaching courses on Globalization and Corporate Law. Dr. Nelson is a member of the United States Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Trade in Chemicals (ITAC3) and Intellectual Property (ITAC15) charged with advising the U.S. Trade Representative and the Secretary of Commerce on U.S. Trade Policy, including the ongoing TPP and TTIP negotiations.
Dr. Nelson is active in numerous international organizations, serving as Vice Chair of the Food and Ag Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, and as a speaker at OECD conferences in Paris, Istanbul and the FAO on global trade in agriculture. He is an NGO delegate to the annual meetings of the United Nation’s Commission on Sustainable Development and was a delegate to the World Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002 and the Rio 20+ summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012. Dr. Nelson has also been a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Codex Alimentarus Commission meetings, the Codex Committee on General Principles (Paris) and the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residue (Beijing) and a speaker at the Codex Summit on International Food Standards in New Delhi, India. Dr. Nelson has been a CropLife delegate to the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conferences in Hong Kong (2005), Cancun (2003), and Seattle (1999).
A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum laude graduate in history from Rutgers University, Dr. Nelson earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in modern European history from Columbia University and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.