November 17, 2017
    New CEO for cooperative group

    Current CEO was interim before becoming CEO in 2016


    Doug O'Brien is the new CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association, effective Jan. 1, succeeding Judy Ziewacz who will retire on Dec. 31.

    O'Brien was appointed NCBA CLUSA programs EVP in November 2016, overseeing the domestic and international work of the association. Earlier he was senior adviser for rural affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council. He also served as acting undersecretary of rural development at the U.S. Agriculture Department. O'Brien was senior adviser to governors, assistant director of the Ohio Agriculture Department, counsel on the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee and as chair of the Rural Working Group of the Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development.

    He has written numerous articles for legal journals and was the lead co-author of a The Farmer’s Legal Guide to Producer Marketing Associations.

    O’Brien earned a B.A. in English language and literature at Loras College, a J.D. at the University of Iowa, and a master of laws in agriculture law at the University of Arkansas.

    Ziewacz was named CEO in February 2016 after having served as the interim CEO since October 2015. She was instrumental in securing the “.coop” as a top-level domain, among other professional accomplishments.

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