ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy announced today that Mike Lashbrook, former president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA), has been named executive director for the Center.
Lashbrook brings to the Center more than two decades of experience in public policy and the alcohol industry. At MB&WWA, he served as the chief executive responsible for the oversight of all operations, governance and activities of the association and its subsidiaries. He was the chief spokesperson before government, the media and the public. Lashbrook joined the association as its president in 1989, serving in that post for 26 years. During that time, Lashbrook served as chair of the Wholesale Beer Association Executives and of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc. Advisory Council. He was inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Center for Alcohol Policy Chairman Brian Clark said, “Mike is widely recognized as a leader in building bridges and partnerships between members of the alcohol industry and public health professionals, substance abuse prevention groups and law enforcement officials. By bringing these groups together, Mike has helped them effectively communicate about and advocate for strong, responsible alcohol regulations and safeguards.”
“Mike brings immense industry knowledge and a clear vision as we work to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and its regulation,” Clark continued. “We are fortunate to have such a strong and experienced leader join our team.”
The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation. By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption. For more information, visitwww.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.