Kelley Poole most recently served as Director of Government Relations for Verto Solutions LLC based in D.C. There, she provided oversight of federal legislative, public policy and regulatory activities for food industry associations including The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States and The American Spice Trade Association.
Previously, she served in the Bush Administration in several capacities including serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for Rural Development while assigned to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that, she provided strategic planning and insight for communications and events for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency, and the U.S. Department of Labor, and served as a White House press advance representative to President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Poole previously served as Chief Cabinet Aide to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and as Staff Director for the Florida Senate Majority Office before moving to Washington, D.C.