As a Government Relations Advisor at OFW Law, Molly O'Connor’s portfolio covers a variety of client interests specializing in agriculture, food and nutrition, international food aid, energy, and forestry areas. Molly provides legislative and strategic advice in public policy to clients. She works with industry, Congress, and government agencies to address policy, implementation of policy, and regulatory issues relevant to client interests. Molly is also following the 2015 Dietary Guideline process for developments in information, recommendations, and questions posed to the agriculture industry.
Before joining OFW Law, Molly was the Legislative Assistant at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). She facilitated as a liaison between NCGA’s Public Policy Action Team to industry partners and Congress, focusing on the Farm Bill and crop insurance issues as well as PAC management. Prior to NCGA, Molly accepted an International Trade internship with the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to advocate for agriculture which brought her to Washington, DC. During her time at NPPC she was introduced to public policy and the impact US agriculture has globally.
In 2010, Molly completed an internship with Ketchum Public Relations in the Food Business to Business department. While at Ketchum, she represented businesses such as Kikkoman, ConAgra Mills, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and Nestle subsections among others. She spent her time focusing on their image and reputation with customers from restaurants to school food distributors to professional chefs.
Molly was born in Springfield, Illinois where she comes from a generation of farmers. She received her B.S. in Agriculture Business from Colorado State University. Molly is the President of the DC Ram Network—CSU Alumni Association and is a steering committee member of University Row at Virginia Gold Cup, serving as the Development Chair. Molly is also an accomplished equestrian in the English style discipline called Saddleseat, riding, and showing American Saddlebreds and Arabians.