Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA) announced the hiring of Shahira Stafford as its vice president of government affairs Monday morning. Stafford is well-known in the industry, previously serving as KARA’s vice president of communications for 10 years before transitioning into a legislative profession.
Stafford will officially join the KARA staff on Jan. 2, 2018.
“The opportunity to return to KARA and represent agribusiness in this new capacity is exciting,” Stafford said. “I’m honored to rejoin this top-notch association team and help serve the members I’ve grown to love.”
Stafford will be an integral part of KARA’s presence at the Kansas Capitol as its vice president of government affairs. She will be responsible for the lobbying and monitoring of state and federal legislative and regulatory activities and will also administer the Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders program.
“We are pleased to welcome Shahira Stafford back to the association team,” KARA president and CEO Ron Seeber said. “Her work ethic, intelligence and talents are exceptional and she will – without a doubt – excel in her new capacity.”
Stafford arrives back at KARA after providing government affairs and communications services to a variety of lobbying and association clients in Kansas for the past two years. During her time serving as KARA’s vice president of communications from 2006 until 2015, Stafford oversaw and executed all communications, marketing and branding efforts on behalf of the association and its affiliated agribusiness organizations.
Stafford earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas in strategic communication from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2002. She has served on the board of directors for the Junior League of Topeka, been the chairwoman of the membership committee of the Kansas Society of Association Executives and is a 2015 graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Excellence in Public Services Series.