IRFA Names Former Adviser to Governor Its New Policy Director

Source: By Molly White, OPIS • Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Tuesday named Nathan Hohnstein, a former aide to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, its new policy director.

Hohnstein began Jan. 2 and replaces Grant Menke, who was appointed in AugustĀ 2018 to serve as the state director for USDA Rural Development in Iowa.

“With the legislative session upon us and the Iowa Caucuses heating up, we’re excited to bring on Nathan with his mix of policy and political experience,”
IRFA Executive Director Monte Shaw said in a statement. “We are committed to making Iowa number one in biofuels production, use, and policy. Also, we will continue to utilize Iowa’s unique position as a swing state to educate policy makers from across the country on the benefits of biofuels.”

Hohnstein was most recently a policy advisor to Reynolds and worked for her predecessor, former Gov. Terry Branstad, on boards and commissions.

“I’m excited to be joining the IRFA team because I get the privilege to continue to serve Iowans while advocating for renewable fuels, which are a vital component of our state’s economy,” Hohnstein said in a statement.