ABI expands public policy team

December 2, 2014

Geilenfeld, Dalluge join ABI policy team

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry is strengthening its lobbying and advocacy efforts on behalf of Iowa businesses by adding two new employees to its government relations team.

Rachel Geilenfeld joined ABI in November as the organization’s Policy and Political Affairs Counsel. Zach Dalluge also began in November as ABI’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator. They join ABI’s Vice President for Government Relations Nicole Crain in helping to represent member businesses at the statehouse and helping to promote economic growth and job creation in Iowa.

“Our members value and rely on the government affairs work provided by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry,” said Mark Hanawalt, ABI Chairman and President of United Equipment Accessories in Waverly. “Rachel and Zach are great additions to our team and will allow us to strengthen our advocacy efforts and to work more closely with lawmakers and member businesses on everything from workers’ compensation issues to tax and regulatory matters.”

Geilenfeld received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Iowa State University and her MBA and JD from the University of Iowa. Dalluge graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural science.

Dalluge and Geilenfeld are both registered lobbyists and will work to advance ABI’s priorities during the 2015 legislative session, including tax fairness for manufacturers, transportation infrastructure funding and workforce development issues.

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About ABI: The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) has been the voice of Iowa business since 1903, and its mission is to collectively provide a strong, unified voice to business and industry on issues impacting Iowa employers. ABI is currently comprised of approximately 1,400 Iowa members of all types and sizes in all 99 counties employing more than 310,000 Iowans.