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Laura Abshire Director, sustainability policy and government affairs

Laura Abshire is the director of sustainability policy and government affairs at the National Restaurant Association in Washington, D.C.  Abshire leads the Association’s work on energy and environmental policy and related advocacy efforts. 

Abshire also works extensively with the Association's Conserve program, which provides resources to help restaurant operators undertake environmentally friendly actions that improve their companies’ bottom lines. 

Abshire is also the Association’s liaison for the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a joint effort with the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Food Marketing Institute to help reduce, reuse and recycle food waste in the retail and foodservice industries. 

Before joining the NRA, Laura was the deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. Mike Ross of Arkansas, where she concentrated on energy and environmental and issues.  Abshire has a juris doctorate and bachelor of arts degree from Louisiana State University.

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