PLC announces new executive director

Mar 19, 2010
by WLJ

Dustin Van Liew has been named as the new executive director of the Public Lands Council (PLC) and director of Federal Lands for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). Van Liew has been with PLC as a lobbyist since January 2008, most recently serving in the role of interim director.

“Dustin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and—most importantly—a passion for this great industry and the people who work in it,” said Skye Krebs, PLC president. “He has been an invaluable asset to the association over the past two years, and I’m excited to have him on board in this new leadership role.”

In his new position, Van Liew will seek to grow the presence of PLC both in the West and in Washington, D.C., to ensure a profitable business environment for America’s ranchers.

Van Liew comes from Woodland, CA, where he is the seventh generation to work in livestock and production agriculture. He attended Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with a policy concentration. While at Cal Poly, he was a member of the livestock judging team, competing in contests across the nation. After finishing at Cal Poly, Van Liew moved to College Station, TX, to attend Texas A&M University where he received a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics. His thesis focused on the economics of range management.

“PLC and NCBA have been strong allies over the years, and I’m looking forward to having Dustin at the helm as we continue to build upon this important partnership,” said Colin Woodall, NCBA vice president of government affairs. — WLJ