WASHINGTON — Tony Jackson has joined the staff of the Renewable Fuels Association as the organization's Communications Director. Jackson will be responsible for developing and managing the full range of RFA's communications efforts, including advocacy-oriented communications approaches, traditional and social media strategies, and brand awareness. "We are thrilled to have Tony joining our remarkable team," said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen. "With his extensive communications and policy background, Tony will be a tremendous asset to RFA in its efforts to tell the story of how the U.S. ethanol industry is bolstering rural economies and assisting our nation to become more energy independent." Jackson holds a law degree from Boston College Law School, along with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in journalism from Penn State University. He has served as Director of External Affairs for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, where he oversaw media relations and congressional relations. Jackson also served as counsel and assistant counsel for the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. "I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the RFA team," Jackson said. "I look forward to using my skills to amplify RFA's voice, and to help our nation to become cleaner, safer, and more energy independent."