The Irrigation Association, Fairfax, Virginia, hired Coleman Garrison as its new government and public affairs director. Garrison takes on this role following John Farner, who was with the IA until May 2021.
Garrison comes to the IA with 12 years of experience working in government and legislative affairs. He most recently worked as the director of government affairs for the National Association of Conservation Districts, where he managed the association’s government affairs and worked with congressional staff on regulatory and legislative actions and other priorities impacting the association.
“We are very excited to have Coleman on our team,” says Deborah Hamlin, CAE, FASAE, CEO of the Irrigation Association. “His vast government affairs experience and familiarity with our industry will ensure that irrigation’s voice in Washington, D.C., and across the country continues to be strong on policy decisions impacting our members.”
Garrison’s past experience also includes working in the offices of three members of Congress. He has been involved in extensive work related to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills and other efforts and campaigns designed to cultivate congressional relationships. His accumulated experience will support the continued development and success of the Irrigation Association.
“In his first few weeks, Coleman has already demonstrated a solid understanding of agricultural and organizational issues, and he is eager to learn more about the residential and commercial irrigation business to best serve our landscape segment,” says Hamlin. “He looks forward to getting to know our members in the coming months.”