Amy M. Roady received a bachelor's degree in agricultural and environmental communications from the University of Illinois in 2001 and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2002.
As the communications director for the Illinois Soybean Association, she has helped establish and manage the organization's strategic direction, leads a large and diverse group of communications contractors, launched and publishes Illinois Field & Bean magazine, and is leveraging the organization's success with state and national agriculture groups, including the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Whether she is writing copy for brochures and fact sheets, planning and delivering presentations, directing campaigns, or building relationships with decision makers all over the globe, she proudly represents and champions Illinois agriculture and farmers "with 110 percent of her effort, heart, and soul."
She is the Ag Media Summit program co-chair for the American Agricultural Editors Association.
In four years as a U of I Extension 4-H youth development educator, she increased 4-H enrollment in Jersey County to the highest level in 15 years.
Amy is a great example of graduates who progress rapidly in their career but never leave the college or university. She served three two-year terms on ACES Agricultural Communications Leadership Council, reorganizing it into two guiding groups that have focused on alumni relations and student recruitment, greatly increasing its effectiveness.
Eager to give back to the program that has given her so much, she will teach its introductory course, AgCm 110, this fall.
Amy resides in Mahomet, Illinois, with her husband Patrick and son Brandon.