Last Friday, the New York Farm Bureau named Jeff Williams as its new public policy director, overseeing the organization’s legislative efforts in Albany and Washington, DC. He will replace Julie Suarez.


Williams has been with the New York Farm Bureau for more than a decade, most recently as the public policy department’s Deputy Director and Manager of Governmental Relations. He is principal lobbyist on environmental, business and energy issues. Prior to his tenure at New York Farm Bureau, Jeff worked for the New York State Senate, where he handled similar policy issues for a number of Senators.


Williams will move into the role being vacated by Julie Suarez who has taken a new position as Assistant Dean of Governmental and Community Relations for Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Suarez has been an integral part of New York Farm Bureau’s success during her 15 years of dedicated service. Suarez’ last day at New York Farm Bureau will be October 4, at which time Williams will begin his new position.


We look forward to working with Jeff to promote the interests of New York’s farmers.  We also congratulate Julie Suarez as she moves into her new position, and wish her the best. Cornell is very fortunate to have her.