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Jake Matthews joins GFB Public Policy Department

by Georgia Farm Bureau

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Jake Matthews has joined the Georgia Farm Bureau Public Policy Department as a Governmental Affairs Specialist. His first day was Aug. 17. Matthews graduated from the University of Georgia in May with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness.

“We’re excited to have Jake and we think he’ll be a valuable member of our Public Policy team,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long. “We look forward to seeing him develop and we know he’ll serve the interests of our members well.”

As governmental affairs specialist, Matthews will work to communicate Georgia Farm Bureau’s policy positions on topics related to agriculture to elected officials while facilitating GFB member interactions with lawmakers and policymaking influencers.

A native of Lamar County, Matthews has worked as an intern in the office of Gov. Brian Kemp since May, preparing policy briefs, conducting research and data analysis.

During summer 2019, he served as a UGA Congressional Agricultural Fellow in Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office, preparing briefs and memos, conducting research and working on constituent matters related to agricultural and environmental issues.

He was a finalist in the 2019-2020 UGA FABricate Entrepreneurship competition, pitching a new food product and learning about food product development.

Since 2016, Matthews has worked as an apprentice for the Georgia Rural Water Association, based in Barnesville. While there, he conducted soil and water conservation research and attended training about water and other natural resource topics.

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