The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association announced its new Board of Directors, welcoming Alex Baloga, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, to its board for 2021.
Today, the PA Dairymen’s Association is well-known for its Farm Show milkshakes and other dairy treats. It first began as the Crawford County Dairy Association in 1871, becoming a statewide association just 17 years later. The PA Dairymen’s Association supports dairy farms throughout the commonwealth and continues its strong presence at the annual Farm Show.
“The PA Food Merchants Association maintains a close relationship with the PA Dairymen's Association to support our state's strong dairy industry," Baloga said. "I'm honored to join the Dairymen's Board of Directors to continue this strong collaboration.”
Baloga became PFMA president and CEO in 2017. After joining PFMA in 2013 as director of government relations, he was promoted to director of government and public relations in 2014 and to vice president of external relations in 2015.
He serves on the Classification and Ratings Committee for the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau. He is a board member on the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund and joined the Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE) Board of Directors for 2021. In addition, he represents PFMA members on the Pennsylvania Lottery Sales Advisory Council.
Baloga previously served as deputy finance director for Robert P. Casey’s re-election campaign for U.S. Senator, where he directed the fundraising activities in central Pennsylvania. He has extensive contacts from his experience as an associate lobbyist for Greenlee Partners, LLC, a premier government relations firm with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
He worked in U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s Government office as a regional field manager, serving as the senator’s liaison to government, community and constituent groups in central Pennsylvania; monitoring local issues and developments and representing Senator Casey at civic meetings and community events.
Baloga earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a specialty in political science from West Virginia University.