Engagement Manager

Ashley Barry is the Government Relations Engagement Manager for the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). Barry focuses her time engaging with farmers across the state through educational events that inform them on policies impacting their day-to-day as well as opportunities available to them. Barry continues ISA’s work to develop a robust informational Voice for Soy network that keeps Illinois farmers up to date on the revolving agriculture policy. She also works to increase outreach opportunities that expand membership programs and oversees the Illinois Soybean Growers Political Action Committee.

Barry is a communications professional with experience specializing in cannabis licensing and community engagement in Illinois’ political and government fields. In 2019, she began working in the cannabis industry, joining a team that worked on incredibly competitive applications for cannabis dispensary, craft grow, infuser, and transportation licenses.

Before entering the cannabis industry, Barry spent nearly 8 years working in Illinois’ political and government fields as a former Director of Operations of a statewide political organization. During this time, she was charged with directing all phases of creative and technical elements of communications and marketing initiatives across the state. As such, Barry managed vendor budgets, timelines, and content delivery and spearheaded communications – directing all mail and digital output, design approval, messaging, and content editing.

Focus Areas:

Policy Education
ISG Membership Programs
Member Recruitment