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 25-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 $331 billion industry that supports more than 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. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @jmcgreevyIII.
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
Alex Davidson is the director of media relations at the Beer Institute, joining in December 2019. Before starting at the Beer Institute, Alex served as communications director for Congressman Paul Mitchell (I-Mich.) and has many years of experience both on Capitol Hill and working on congressional campaigns. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Alex has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Vice President, Operations
Susan Haney is vice president of operations for the Beer Institute. She develops strategy and oversees organizational operations, industry affairs and research. Haney is a veteran of the beer industry, having held several roles in her nearly 20 years with the Institute, including senior director, industry affairs and director, operations.
Prior to joining the Beer Institute, Susan worked for Security Mutual Life, a leading life insurance company based in Binghamton, New York. Susan has a bachelor’s in Business, Management and Economics from the State University of New York.
Vice President, Research
Danelle Kosmal is the vice president of research at the Beer Institute, joining in August 2021. Before joining the Beer Institute, Danelle led industry thought leadership and best practice solutions for beer, wine, and spirits clients, industry groups, and the media at NielsenIQ. Danelle received her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and her BA in International Studies and Economics from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.
Dani Murray is the executive assistant for the Beer Institute’s President & CEO as well as for the organization’s Vice President & General Counsel. She 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 2018, she worked as a senior administrative assistant for a non-profit in Virginia. Dani is a graduate of Juniata College where she earned a degree in Social Development and Learning.
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 is vice president, general counsel and secretary for the Beer Institute. She joined the Beer Institute in 2011 after serving as general counsel for Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust, the marketing and advertising arm of Subway restaurants. Prior to that, she was a partner at two national law firms. 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, D.C., and Virginia.
Senior Director, Health Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Bill Young is the senior director of health policy and regulatory affairs at the Beer Institute. Bill has more than 25 years of experience working in the beer industry, most recently working as the Senior Director of Global Alcohol Policy for Molson Coors Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado. Bill is a native of Colorado but grew up mostly in Laramie, Wyoming, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
Jordan Zuccarelli is the staff assistant for the Beer Institute. She assists with administration, operations, and event planning. Jordan recently moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating from Louisiana State University with a degree in Sociology. Before joining the Beer Institute in 2018, Jordan was an intern for Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA).
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