The new NPB officers will lead the 15 producer directors that represent the 60,000 U.S. pig farmers who pay into the Pork Checkoff.
We are proud to have a team that passionately focuses on research, promotion and education to ensure the longevity of pork as a tasty, nutrient-dense protein.
We strongly support our diverse workforce in many ways by fostering an inclusive and inviting environment. Please consider joining our team if this is a value you share.
We’re proud to support pork producers. Our people work every day to do what’s right for people, pigs and the planet.
The National Pork Board (NPB) is a consumer-focused, producer-led organization that leads the pork industry as a catalyst and connector to build trust and add value among those who produce, process, sell and consume pork.
Our People, Their Places
While the NPB is based in Des Moines, Iowa, our team and talent is comprised of top industry experts from across the United States.
Our People, Their Stories
The people of NPB are passionate about the pork industry and serving producers. NPB allows staff to utilize past experiences while continuing to grow and develop as professionals. Read what a few of our staff members have to say.
Dr. Clay Eastwood
Director of International Market Development
Dr. Eastwood supports NPB’s international market development strategy by engaging with key stakeholders on issues of mutual interest as well as assisting with outreach and communications strategy in order to position U.S. pork for long-term success. She strives to build confidence in U.S. pork’s safety, consistency and reliability with international customers.
“I have a master’s and Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis in meat science and I serve the National Pork Board in an international market development role. This diverse background allows me to bring a unique and different perspective into my work because I understand the supply chain and issues that affect the pork industry. I love working with representatives from different countries around the world to add value to U.S. pork industry through export opportunities.”
Dr. Heather Fowler, VMD
Director of Producer and Public Health
As a public health veterinarian, Dr. Fowler splits her time between education, outreach and research activities that relate to public health and worker safety and health in the swine industry.
“I’m thankful that NPB’s leadership prioritizes personal and professional growth opportunities which help me to continue to develop as a professional. This ongoing learning allows me to serve America’s pork producers better by improving in my program and project management skills.”
Director of State and Producer Engagement
Stephen serves as the liaison between state and national pork associations and participates in their producer outreach efforts. He works with producers and companies in the Southeast to ensure they are fully aware of NPB resources and initiatives.
“One of my biggest accomplishments during my time at NPB is spreading awareness of the We CareSM ethical principles to both producers and consumers. To producers, it’s a reminder of the values they hold every day while providing protein to their communities. To consumers, it’s a promise that they can safely enjoy pork knowing it was raised in an ethical way.”