Chava McKeel has been with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America since 1997, where she currently serves as the Senior Manager of Information & Public Policy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Geography from The University of Kansas. In 1996, she participated in a six-month internship in the Kansas State Senate and got to see first hand how state legislatures function. She is currently a member of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives and the American Society of Association Executives. As part of her job responsibilities, McKeel directs all activities of the Information and Public Policy Department at GCSAA. She helps advance the overall image of the golf course management industry through advocacy-related programs and government relations activities. McKeel also provides regulatory compliance information to GCSAA members to establish themselves as experts on managing risk at the facility. She serves as a liaison with the U.S. EPA and collaborates regularly with RISE, USDA, NCSL, AAPCO, and OSHA to advance golf’s interests.