Washington, D.C. – The National Grocers Association Foundation (NGA Foundation), 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association, today announced two new staff promotions.
Chelsea Matzen will be assuming the role of director of the NGA Foundation, overseeing all department programs, including scholarships, industry promotion, leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and student programs. Additionally, Josh Anderegg has been promoted to project director of the NGA Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center).
After four years with the National Farmers Union, Matzen joined NGA in 2020 as project manager of the NGAF TA Center, which provides nutrition incentive information to grocers. She was promoted to director of the TA Center in 2021.
“Over the past two years, Chelsea has done a great job of supporting and leading the NGAF TA Center,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA president and CEO. “Her expanded role as director of the NGA Foundation will allow her to harness her expertise around grants and non-profit organizations to further enhance the important work that the NGA Foundation does each day in support of the independent supermarket industry.”
Anderegg joined NGA earlier this year as NGAF TA Center project manager, helping meet project deliverables, coordinating team subject matter experts and managing relationships with other grant partners. As project director, he will take on an expanded role, creating budgets, increasing industry partnerships and managing the entire NGAF TA Center team.
“Over the last two years, the NGAF TA Center has provided independent community grocers with information about nutrition incentives so they can easily incentivize their customers to purchase healthy produce,” Matzen said. “We have made great strides and I’m looking forward to seeing Josh build upon these accomplishments, providing training and technical assistance to support America’s independent grocers.”
NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.
The NGA Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of the National Grocers Association. The Foundation provides independent retailers with tools to develop more effective recruiting programs, enhance retention efforts and bolster professional leadership development opportunities for employers.
About The NGAF TA Center
Addresses the challenges grocers and supermarket operators face in establishing nutrition incentive programs and is a proud partner of the Nutrition Incentive Hub. The Nutrition Incentive Hub, funded through a cooperative agreement from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is a new resource that provides training, technical assistance, reporting, and evaluation for those working to launch or expand SNAP incentives or produce prescription programs. The Nutrition Incentive Hub is led by Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in partnership with Fair Food Network along with a coalition of evaluators, researchers, practitioners, and grocery and farmers market experts from across the country dedicated to strengthening and uniting the best thinking in the field to increase access to affordable, healthy food to those who need it most.