Begins Jan. 2, 2017
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2016) — Ali Edelstein has been hired by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as its first-ever director of Social Responsibility, effective Jan. 2, 2017.
Edelstein, 26, is a Louisville native and honors graduate of Western Kentucky University and Tufts University, where she earned a Master of International Business degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Her work experience includes program manager and EducationUSA Advisor for the Fulbright Commission in Brussels, Belgium; credit analyst for Breckinridge Capital Advisors in Boston; and most recently, senior sustainability Advisor for Yum! Brands in Louisville.
“Ali is a dynamic young leader and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our distilling family,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “She is the right person at the right time to build and deepen our commitment to responsibility in innovative and impactful ways.”
Gregory said Edelstein will seek, develop and support effective programs, partnerships and public policies that make a difference in alcohol responsibility, community engagement and environmental sustainability.
Founded in 1880, KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 90 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.
Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $3 billion economic engine that generates more than 15,400 jobs with an annual payroll topping $700 million and pours $166 million into state and local coffers each year.