Kay Johnson Smith

Kay Johnson Smith leads the Animal Agriculture Alliance team as president and CEO. Kay’s primary role is to manage the organization’s operations and engage key stakeholders about the importance of modern animal agriculture and to provide strategic guidance to managing activist campaigns. She is a leading advisor to the ag and food industry on farm animal issues, serves as a national spokesperson and has provided hundreds of presentations and media interviews on related matters. Kay also serves on the Virginia Board of Agriculture and engages frequently with international organizations. She has previously served on the boards of the National Ag Day Coalition, Project Food, Land & People, and both the National and Virginia Ag in the Classroom organizations. She joined the Alliance in 1994 as executive director before being promoted to her current role in 2011. Kay is a graduate of James Madison University with degrees in in political science & public/business administration. Kay resides in Virginia with her husband and black lab.