Mr. Vroom is a Senior Policy Advisor at OFW Law. He is an experienced agricultural policy and communications executive, with a record of nearly 45 years of agribusiness association leadership. He was raised on a livestock and grain farm in North Central Illinois and continues to maintain ownership and operational involvement in his family’s farming operations today. Vroom retired from CropLife America in late 2018 after 30 years as the organization’s President and CEO. CropLife is the national association for the crop protection and biotech industry and provides advocacy and public outreach for that sector. While at CLA Vroom helped found the affiliate organization, RISE, which has ably represented non-agricultural pesticide and fertilizer company interests for more than 25 years.
Also while at CLA, Vroom was the organization’s principal representative to the global federation, CropLife International (CLI). In that role for CLI Vroom helped lead a variety of global initiatives including safe use training for developing market farmers to anti-counterfeit goods programs and initiatives at FAO and other international fora that advanced ag innovation and guided harmonization of science-based regulation. CLI has principal offices in Belgium and with affiliates in more than 90 countries around the world.
Earlier in his career Vroom worked in ag trade associations serving the grain, fertilizer and input retailer sectors. Vroom is now CIO for his family business, Vroom•Leigh•Agriculture, LLC. He is engaged in a variety of business strategy, marketing & crisis communications, and government affairs consulting assignments. Some of Jay’s other work engagements are with DCLRS, Inc. as a strategic advisor and as an independent consultant in the Context Network. In his spare time he provides volunteer service on the boards of the Soil Health Institute and Wheat Foundation. He earned a BS in Ag Science from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Jamie live at McLean, Virginia, where Jamie volunteers service as a Master Gardner in Fairfax County.