AALA Member Ray Starling has been appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance on the staff of the National Economic Council at the White House. Starling was previously Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (North Carolina). He also served as Senator Tillis’ Chief Counsel and then-Speaker Tillis’ General Counsel and Senior Agriculture Advisor in the N.C. General Assembly. He has been the General Counsel for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has private practice experience from several years at Hunton & Williams, and has taught numerous agricultural and food law courses.