INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015/National FFA Organization) – The National FFA Organization recently named Riley Pagett of Washington, D.C., the director of government and nonprofit relations.
In this role, Pagett will be establishing, managing and strengthening relationships with government agencies, legislators and nonprofit organizations that provide support for key FFA and agricultural education initiatives. He will also identify policy and legislative opportunities that will benefit FFA and agricultural education.
Prior to joining the National FFA Organization, he served on the legislative staff of U.S. Senator James Lankford, managing aspects of the senator's agriculture, energy, environment and nutrition portfolio. Pagett has also served as a clerk and legislative assistant for the U.S. Committee on Agriculture for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he managed public hearings and business meetings on behalf of the committee.
A former FFA member of the Woodward FFA Chapter in Oklahoma, Pagett served as the 2010-2011 National FFA President.
He is a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma State University where he studied agricultural communications and is currently working on his Juris Doctorate at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife Lauren currently reside in Washington, D.C.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 610,240 student members who belong to one of 7,665 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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About National FFA Organization The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at
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