President & CEO
Michael was named President and Chief Executive Officer for the Food Industry Alliance in April 2018. While leading the organization to maintain and grow as the premier voice for the grocery industry, Michael coordinates our public policy, communications and trade relations efforts. Prior to joining FIA, Michael was an advocate for New York’s small businesses as State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business for nearly 8 years. He also served in a variety of roles on former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s staff and has worked in the state legislature. These past positions have given Michael a deep understanding of the complex political and public policy issues impacting New York’s economy. Active in the community, Durant has previously served on several boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in 2000 and resides in Malta with his wife and two children.
Government Affairs Coordinator
"I am delighted to introduce myself as your new Government Affairs Coordinator! My name is Maura Callahan, and I am excited to embark on this journey with all of you. A little bit about me, I grew up in the beautiful Capital Region and have always felt a deep connection to this community. I earned my undergraduate degree from Siena College, which further solidified my commitment to this region and its people. My passion for making a tangible impact led me to pursue a Master's degree in Government Affairs and Advocacy at Albany Law School. During my time there, I had the opportunity to delve into the intricacies of policy and advocacy, further fueling my desire to enact real change. Now, I am thrilled to bring my knowledge and dedication to the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, Inc., and look forward to meeting each one of you and collaborating to achieve our mission."
Laura received her bachelor’s degree from the College of New Jersey majoring in Corporate Fitness/Wellness in 1989, Digital Design diploma from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online in 2007 and holds certifications in many Microsoft Office applications. Laura grew up at the Jersey Shore and moved to Washington, DC where her first career was working at the FDIC Fitness Center as a fitness professional, 11 years later her family relocated to Niskayuna, NY. In 2007, Laura returned to the work force after receiving a degree in digital design and then started working at a commercial printer followed by a manager of advertising for a local company. In 2014, Laura was recruited to FIA for her computer skills as an administrative assistant. In time, she was able demonstrate her skills in design for print and website. Laura resides in Niskayuna with her husband and each have two adult children from previous marriages. In her spare time, Laura shares her love of fitness as a licensed fitness instructor.