Sara Neagu-Reed Joins AmericanHort – Nursery Management

AmericanHort announced the arrival of Sara Neagu-Reed, effective April 11, as Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs. She joins the advocacy team based in Washington, DC, working alongside Craig Regelbrugge, executive vice president – ​​Advocacy, Research and Industry Relations; and Evan Lee, Director of Policy and Government Relations.

Neagu-Reed joins AmericanHort after a decade of work in various government business and legislative roles. Prior to joining AmericanHort, she served as Associate Director of Federal Policy for the California Farm Bureau Federation, where she advocated for California farmers and ranchers before Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Bureau of American trade. Representative (USTR). Prior to that, Neagu-Reed served as Senior Legislative Analyst for the USDA and Legislative Assistant for the National Corn Growers Association. Her career began as a district representative for a California member of the United States House of Representatives, where she served as the primary liaison with local businesses, organizations and constituents, handling local policy issues.

A California native and first-generation Romanian American, Neagu-Reed is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and holds a bachelor’s degree in politics. She will receive her master’s degree in public administration and service from Texas A&M University in December 2023. Neagu-Reed is also a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program and WeLead, the American University program for professional women seeking the skills in leadership needed to run for public office.

“Sara’s strong and relevant work experience in advocacy on federal issues, most recently with the California Farm Bureau Federation, will be a great asset to AmericanHort as we continue to grow our advocacy portfolio,” said Craig Regelbrugge. “We look forward to his contributions to influence the issues most important to our industry.”

Neagu-Reed fills a vacancy on the advocacy staff created with the recent departure of Tal Coley, who was named last month as the new CEO of the Florida Nursery, Growers, & Landscape Association. To learn more about the AmericanHort team, visit

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