Jennifer Whitlow brings love for service and passion for agriculture to GFVGA as the new membership coordinator.
Tell us a little about yourself? How did you become involved in agriculture?
I am a recent graduate of Georgia College & State University located in Milledgeville, Georgia. I earned my degree in Political Science and have always wanted to be a voice for organizations that mattered to me. I grew up and currently live in LaGrange, Georiga on our small family farm. Agriculture has been a part of my life from both my parents. My dad’s family still has a small cattle farm and timberland and my mom’s side in are crop farmers in South Georiga. I’ve always loved visiting my family in South Georgia, specifically Willacoochee, and continually seeing the work that is put in to providing goods for that area of our economy. Now that I am learning more about the behind-the-scenes government aspects of the farming industry I love knowing that I have strong ties to people that are directly impacted by state and national decisions in the government. Those ties keep me striving to make sure Georgia is the best place for our farmers to thrive.
What do you like the most about working for GFVGA?
The part I enjoy most about being Membership Coordinator is the relationships that I am continually growing. I love meeting our members and growing the network of strong relationships that have already been established. This group has allowed me to foster and grow relationships not only on a business level but a personal one as well.
What brought you to ASG and GFVGA?
I was an intern for ASG every summer during college and found my passion for managing associations and non-profits. After looking at a few different options I chose to come back to the place that felt like home – ASG. I had assisted on a few various projects for GFVGA during my summers here but was so excited to learn that I was being moved into a full-time role for GFVGA as Membership Coordinator. I’d like to believe that having a personal connection to the produce industry in Georgia helps make a good fit for the job.
What's the biggest thing you've done outside of your comfort zone?
I was selected to be a part of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program where I spent a semester of college working at the State Capitol in Atlanta. It was definitely out of my comfort zone and intimidating at first, but I learned so much through it and reaffirmed my passion for government relations.
What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?
My favorite thing to do in my spare time is spending time with family and friends. Being so close in proximity to Callaway Gardens I go as often as I can to enjoy the scenery, picnic, and hangout. I also enjoy hunting and fishing on our family property and playing tennis.