As a registered lobbyist for WFBF, Towns will assist Farm Bureau members in working with local, state and federal lawmakers to advance the policy directives for Wisconsin’s largest general farm organization.
“I’m excited to join the WFBF team,” Towns said. “Wisconsin agriculture has been a big part of my life and I am eager to utilize my experience working with lawmakers to heighten awareness of our members’ needs.”
Towns comes to Farm Bureau from the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority where she served as the legislative relationships and government liaison. She previously served two terms in the State Assembly where she represented Wisconsin’s 43rd District.
“Debi will be a great advocate for Wisconsin’s farmers,” said WFBF’s Executive Director of Governmental Relations Karen Gefvert. “She has a background in agriculture and understands the legislative process. Her relationships in both areas will help move Wisconsin agriculture forward.”
Towns and her husband, Steve, are Rock County Farm Bureau members and live on a dairy farm outside of Janesville. She began her duties with the Farm Bureau on February 25.
Towns succeeds Rob Richard as the senior director of governmental relations.