Devry Boughner Vorwerk serves as Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs for Cargill, where she oversees the company’s global branding, communications, corporate responsibility and government relations efforts.
Spanning a tenure of nearly 12 years, Vorwerk led Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington and Corporate Affairs for Latin America, which included management and oversight of government relations, communications, and corporate responsibility across the region; and, separately, served as Director of Cargill’s International Business Relations, specialized in its Asia Pacific trade and investment portfolio, which included short assignments living in India and China.
In early 2016, she left Cargill to join Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice as a Senior Policy Advisor, where she focused on trade and investment policy and agriculture policy. In this role, she worked closely with the firm’s international trade policy and Cuba policy practices, among others, assisting clients who have international business dealings in, or who are considering expansion into, the Latin American and Asian markets.
Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Office of Industries and as Economic Advisor to the Chairman. She also served as Senior Economist in Agricultural Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the Executive Office of the President.
Vorwerk holds a dual degree in Agricultural Economics and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a specialization in Public Policy and International Trade, from Cornell University.
Vorwerk is Chair of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and formerly co-chair of the U.S. Business Coalition for the Transpacific Partnership. She is a founding member of IMPACT FFA, a career development program for young women in agriculture, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University’s Dyson School Advisory Council. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is an Arthur Page Society Future Leader.
Vorwerk is an avid runner and a member of Potomac Runners, a Washington, D.C.-based running club. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband, Doug Vorwerk and their son, Charlie, and daughter, Seanna.