Centennial, Colo. — June 21, 2017 — Colorado Farm Bureau (CFB) welcomes two new additions to the organization’s core team. Zach Riley and Taylor Lobato will support the organization’s public policy goals as directors of federal affairs and policy communications, respectively.
Riley brings a deep knowledge and understanding of agriculture issues and a wealth of good relationships with policymakers. After graduating from Wayland Baptist University with a degree in business and political science, Riley gained congressional experience lobbying for a technical-trade and business association as well as during his tenure with U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce from New Mexico’s Second District.
Prior to joining CFB, Riley served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau. Riley was raised in southeastern New Mexico, where his family is deeply steeped in agriculture. He can’t be more excited to join CFB and will make a wonderful compliment to the Colorado agriculture-lobby.
Hailing from a cattle ranch in the San Luis Valley, Lobato’s family has been in Colorado since the mid-1700s. It was here that she found her passion for agriculture and rural issues. After her family’s involvement in an education funding lawsuit, Lobato decided to pursue a degree in public policy and strategic communications at the University of Denver so she could better advocate for rural communities across Colorado.
Before coming to CFB, Lobato honed her communications skills at a local communications agency that focused on public issues. She is excited to join CFB where she can help tell the story of Colorado’s agriculture community.
CFB is excited to welcome these two new additions to the staff. With their help, we can continue to ensure the success of farming, ranching and our shared rural heritage in the state of Colorado.
Colorado Farm Bureau is the state’s largest grassroots organization with more than 25,000 members across the state. CFB seeks to promote and protect the future of agriculture and rural values.