Robert L. Guenther
Robert Guenther is the Senior Vice President of Public Policy for United Fresh Produce Association headquartered in Washington, DC, where over the last 17 years Robert has led the government and public affairs staff in representing the fresh fruit and vegetable industry before Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies and the media. Prior to United Fresh, Robert’s worked on Capitol Hill for 10 years as a Legislative Aide and Policy Director focusing on agriculture, environment, trade, water, and food policy. He also spent a year in the Office of Pesticide Programs at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Highly regarded for his bipartisan approach and strategic advocacy initiatives, Robert has testified before Congress on a number of important issues including trade, small business, and agriculture related programs. In addition, Robert was instrumental in the formation the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance in 2006, which is the leading coalition representing specialty crop producers across the country during the past two Farm Bills. Robert has also been appointed to numerous positions, including the Board of Directors of the North American Dispute Resolution Corporation, the Minor Crop Farm Alliance, The USDA Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee on Trade for Fruits and Vegetables and the Food and Drug Policy Forum Editorial Advisory Board.
Robert is a former collegiate swimmer earning All-American honors and was Capitan of the 1987 University of Maryland Men’s Swim team. He is also an avid running having run 6 marathons since 2010 along with numerous half-marathons during that same time.
With a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s degree in Government, both from the University of Maryland, Robert has been interviewed by CNN and C-Span and has been quoted in major media publications including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NY Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, and U.S. News and World Report.