Julie Manes is joining the United Fresh Produce Association as director of government relations starting Sept. 1.

Manes comes from DuPont’s Washington D.C. office where she served as federal affairs manager, mostly dealing with agriculture, nutrition and food safety. She has also worked as Congressman (R-Iowa) Jim Lightfoot’s legislative director and as (R-Iowa) Sen. Charles Grassley’s chief agriculture aide.

She has been the chair of the Biotechnology Industry Organization Government Relations Committee and helped create the DuPont Health Care Reform Task Force.

“Julie has such strong credentials and will be fully prepared to hit the ground running next month,” Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy, said in a news release. “We are extremely excited about the experience and energy that she will bring to our public policy efforts and the overall service we provide to our members.”