TheAmerican Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), McLean, Va., said it hiredDr. Donna M. Garrenas vice president of regulatory and technical affairs. Officials said Dr. Garren will join AFFI on Oct. 3, having previously served as the president and general manager of NSF International’s Davis Fresh program, where she managed efforts to assist food growers, retailers and processors with regulatory compliance and develop food safety programs.

Dr. Garren has also held senior food safety and health positions with The Consumer Goods Forum, National Restaurant Association and United Fresh Produce Association.

“Donna has extensive trade association and private sector experience coordinating with government agencies, food companies and public interest groups," said AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz. "Her considerable food policy expertise will help strengthen AFFI’s highly-valued scientific and regulatory efforts on behalf of the entire frozen food industry."

Dr. Garren earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Science in Food Science from Clemson University.