Macon Edwards, the founding principle of the Macon Edwards Company, has more than 40 years of experience in Washington DC government affairs and public policy.
Mr. Edwards' extensive career in public policy began in 1962 with the National Cotton Council in Mississippi. In 1970, Mr. Edwards was transferred to the Council’s Washington office and in 1973 he was promoted to head all Washington operations. In 1984 he resigned from the Cotton Council to form the lobbying firm of Wallace and Edwards where he was partner for the next 12 years. In 1996 he formed The Macon Edwards Company.
Mr. Edwards has extensive experience with the US Congress, 12 Administrations, the CFTC and many Executive Agencies, primarily the USDA.
Mara Peltz brings almost 20 years of Washington consulting experience to The Macon Edwards Company. Ms. Peltz joined the firm during the 1996 Farm Bill, with a primary focus on sugar policy. She currently represents a broad range of clients with varied legislative and regulatory objectives in the trade, environmental, financial and international arenas.
In addition to her legislative and policy expertise, Ms. Peltz has secured federal agency funding for clients and specializes in strategic messaging, primarily within production agriculture and conservation. Ms. Peltz has developed broad relationships with Members of Congress, Capitol Hill, federal agency staff, and lobbyists across the agriculture and conservation sectors.
Prior to The Macon Edwards Company, Ms. Peltz developed policy messaging and coordinated media and grassroots campaigns at the American Sugar Alliance. Ms. Peltz began her career with
Congressman Phil Sharp (D-IN).
Buddy Allen offers a unique value for The Macon Edwards Company with his 15 plus years of hands-on experience in agriculture. Based in Tunica, Mississippi, Mr. Allen runs numerous agriculture related businesses, including a multi-crop farming operation.
As a leader in conservation using cutting edge technologies, Mr. Allen is considered to be among the most innovative farmers in the Delta and in 2015 was honored as one of 12 Champions of Change by the White House. He understands farm policy and is well versed in the funding mechanisms available within the Farm Bill.
Prior to The Macon Edwards Company, Mr. Allen worked on the legislative staff of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). Mr. Allen currently sits on several national conservation association boards.
Missy Edwards has more than two decades of experience in Washington politics. She began her career as a policy adviser to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), with an initial focus on health care, energy/environment and appropriations and later advising the Senator on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Government Affairs Committee.
Following her service to Senator Thad Cochran, Ms. Edwards was recruited by the American Medical Association to serve as its chief Senate Republican lobbyist.
During the 1998 and 2000 campaign cycles, Ms. Edwards served as the Director of Development and Finance for the National Republican Senatorial Committee under Chairman Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Prior to launching Missy Edwards Strategies in 2010, Ms. Edwards served as a Republican lobbyist at The Washington Group.