The Beer Institute’s professional staff and leadership are committed to keeping our members informed and engaged on issues that impact our industry, as well as maintaining active outreach to Capitol Hill, the Administration and regulating agencies.
Our key staff members have expertise in government and industry affairs, economics, communications and administrative support.
President and Chief Executive Officer
A 20-year veteran of policy and political work, Jim McGreevy serves as president and chief executive officer of the Beer Institute, the national trade association that represents America’s brewers, beer importers and supply-chain partners – a $350 billion industry that supports more than 2.2 million American jobs.
As the national voice for the industry, Jim advocates on policy matters involving Congress, state legislatures, courts and regulatory agencies. He also serves as the official spokesman to the media and elsewhere on matters affecting the beer industry.
Before joining the Beer Institute, Jim served as senior vice president for government affairs at the American Beverage Association (ABA). Jim joined ABA in November 2005 as its vice president for state and local affairs. Prior to ABA, Jim was a senior associate at the Larkin Hoffman Law Firm in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he represented client interests before the Minnesota Legislature and administrative agencies. Jim was honored by CEO Update as a 2014 Top Association Lobbyist.
Jim received a B.A. from Seton Hall University and a J.D. from the University of Bridgeport School of Law, and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations. He was also a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 2003-2004.
Jim lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Lizzy.
Senior Manager, Administration
Sandra Castro is the senior manager of administration for the Beer Institute. She has been a member of the Beer Institute team since 2013 where she manages our day-to-day financials and accounting needs, IT and human resources functions. Sandra also assists in event planning, logistics and management. Prior to joining the Beer Institute, she worked as an office manager in Washington, DC. Originally from Peru, Sandra is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs
Ramsey Cox is the director of media relations and public affairs at the Beer Institute. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Ramsey worked for Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) as her communications director before joining the Beer Institute in April 2018. Before that, she had a career in political journalism covering the U.S. Senate for The Hill. Ramsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas.
Senior Director, Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Travis Gibbons is the senior director of health policy and regulatory affairs at the Beer Institute. Travis brings over a decade of government and advocacy experience to the Beer Institute. Most recently he worked as the Director of Federal Affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) where he advocated for over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements both on Capitol Hill and to the federal agencies that regulate this industry. Before joining CHPA, Travis worked for Jordan & Associates as a senior associate and lobbyist. Before that, he served as a legislative aide to United States Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Travis earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in English with a minor in Chemistry.
Vice President, Operations
Susan Haney is vice president of operations for the Beer Institute. She develops strategy and oversees organizational operations, industry affairs and government affairs. Haney is a veteran of the beer industry, having held numerous roles in 14 years with the Institute, including senior director, industry affairs, director, operations and executive assistant to the president. Prior to joining the Beer Institute, Haney worked for Security Mutual Life, a leading life insurance company based in Binghamton, New York.
Director, Federal Affairs
Joe Heaton is the director of federal affairs at the Beer Institute. Joe has over 10 years of experience on Capitol Hill, as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-03). His experience has given him a wealth of skills as an advocate for the beer industry. Hailing from Centerville, OH, Joe has a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University, and his Juris Doctor from Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law.
Karsyn Kendrick is the staff assistant for the Beer Institute. She assists with administration, operations, and event planning. Karsyn recently moved to Washington, DC after graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in International Affairs and German. Before joining the Beer Institute in 2017, Karsyn was an intern for Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA).
Chris Roof is the executive assistant for the Beer Institute’s President & CEO as well as for the organization’s Vice President & General Counsel. He manages their schedules and calendars, coordinates meetings, and assists in preparation and logistics for their presentations and events. Prior to joining the Beer Institute in 2016, he worked as a communications assistant for a non-profit in Washington, DC. Chris is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he earned a degree in English and Professional Writing.
Senior Director, Public Affairs
Dan Roth is the senior director of public affairs at the Beer Institute. Dan joined the Beer Institute in May 2016 where he served as the Beer Institute’s communications director before beginning his current role in January 2018. A California native, Dan worked for Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) as her communications director before joining the Beer Institute and has more than a decade of service in government at the federal, state, and local levels. Originally from Placerville, California, Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree from Linfield College, located in McMinnville, Oregon.
Mary Jane Saunders
Vice President and General Counsel
Mary Jane Saunders serves as vice president, general counsel and secretary for the Beer Institute. She joined the Beer Institute after serving as general counsel for Subway Franchisee Advertising Trust Fund, the marketing and advertising arm of Subway restaurants. Prior to that, she was a partner at two national law firms, Venable LLP and Arter & Hadden. Mary Jane graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Tech and earned a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She is admitted to practice in Connecticut, DC, and Virginia.
Michael Uhrich is the Beer Institute’s Chief Economist. Michael supports the BI’s members and their interests by providing analytical and economic research on the alcohol industry. A beer industry veteran, he worked for several years at MillerCoors, most recently leading the Insights Department’s Marketplace Intelligence team. Michael holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Marquette University. He is also a Certified Cicerone through the Cicerone Certification Program and an avid home brewer.
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