DeAnna Thomas

Media Relations Manager

DTDeAnna Thomas joined the Illinois Soybean Association as Media Relations Manager in July 2022. In her role, DeAnna will manage the day-to-day media relations needs of the organization such as preparing written press materials, managing interview requests and preparing talking points for spokespeople. She will support a variety of internal and external communications efforts, including blog writing, event planning and communications project management.

As a former ag marketer, agriculture educator and FFA Advisor, Thomas has dedicated her career to informing, educating and communicating the importance of food, feed and fuel to audiences of all ages across multiple platforms. She brings an interest and academic emphasis in agriculture, as well as leadership experience from national agriculture organizations, including the NAFB, AAEA, NAMA, the National FFA Association and 4-H.

Focus Area:

Internal & External Communications
Branding
Media Relations
Illinois Field & Bean
Consumer & Influencer Outreach
Youth Education Initiatives
Industry Relations