On July 1, 2010 Peter Larkin became the president and chief executive officer of the National Grocers Association (NGA). NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry, representing over $131 billion in annual domestic sales. He also serves as President of the NGA Research and Education Foundation.
Prior to joining NGA, he established his own government relations consulting firm, Larkin Public Affairs, in 2008. From 1996 to 2007 he was President and CEO of the California Grocers Association and also served as the President of the CGA Educational Foundation and as an officer of the California Shopping Cart Retrieval Corporation (a for-profit subsidiary of CGA).
From 1989 to 1996, Larkin was Vice President of State Government Relations and Environmental Affairs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in Washington, DC. Prior to FMI, he managed government and media relations programs for The Kroger Co. He also held similar positions with Philip Morris U.S.A. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont in 1976, he served as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Donald Mitchell (R-NY).
Larkin serves on the Board of Directors of Puricore PLC, the Board of Directors of Save Mart CARES, the Board of Directors of National Cooperative Bank, the Advisory Board of Encore Associates and the Board of Trustees for Making Change. Larkin is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (top trade association executives in the United States).