Michael Torrey is founder and principal of the Torrey Advisory Group (previously known as Michael Torrey Associates), a bipartisan consulting firm that specializes in advocacy, association management, coalition building, government relations, and thought leadership around food and agriculture issues. A Kansas native who was raised on a diversified farming operation, Michael has more than 30 years of experience in legislative and regulatory policy development.
He has served as a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and Senators Nancy Landon Kassebaum and Sheila Frahm. He has also held numerous roles in the executive branch, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and special assistant at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He has been an adviser to numerous presidential campaigns and presidential transition teams.
Michael is a proud alumnus of Kansas State University. In 2009, he was named Outstanding Young Ag Alumnus. He was instrumental in creating the Kansas Food and Agricultural Policy Fellowship Program to connect Kansas State students with internships in food and agricultural policy, with the goal of bringing promising young people into careers in government and policy.
Michael is a champion for numerous civil society organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Farm Foundation and has mentored youth through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. He is an active parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife and daughter.