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National Restaurant Association Names Brendan Flanagan Vice President of State Restaurant Association Relations

Contact: Katie Laning Niebaum (202) 973-3967, Christin Fernandez (202) 331-5939

(Washington, D.C.) The National Restaurant Association has named Brendan Flanagan Vice President of State Restaurant Association Relations. In his new role, Flanagan will lead and manage enterprise-wide relations with the State Restaurant Associations (SRAs). He previously oversaw the Association’s state and local legislative affairs.   

“Brendan’s extensive experience with NRA‘s state and local initiatives makes him the perfect fit to lead our State Restaurant Association Relations team,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations and Philanthropy. “His broad knowledge of the industry and strong ties with SRA leaders will help strengthen NRA and SRA outreach as we continue to advocate on behalf of the restaurant industry nationwide.

As VP of State Restaurant Association Relations, Flanagan will serve as the primary contact for all enterprise-wide interactions with SRAs; work closely with state restaurant association executives on statewide policy matters; and drive the integration and coordination of all NRA-SRA activities.

In addition to previously overseeing state and local legislative affairs, Flanagan also served as Vice President of Federal Relations and also previously served as lobbyist for the Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Flanagan holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 990,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13.5 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter ,  and YouTube.

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Media Contacts

Sue Hensley
SVP, Public Affairs & Communications
(202) 331-5964

Katie Laning Niebaum
Director, Communications & Media Relations
(202) 973-3967

Christin Fernandez

Manager, Media Relations & Public Affairs

(202) 331-5939

Rachel Salabes
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 331-5997


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