Meet Our Board Members
Executive Director, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild
Nancy Palmer serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Craft Brewers’ Guild, a 501(c)(6) organization founded in 2010 to promote, protect, and further craft beer in Georgia. As Director she primarily focuses on the legal, regulatory, and legislative needs of the Guild. She acts as the Guild’s liaison with various federal and state agencies creating relationships focused on voluntary compliance, thus avoiding enforcement actions against member businesses. As a registered lobbyist for the Guild she has developed an intimate knowledge of state-level politics and continues to advocate for comprehensive reform in favor of Georgia’s small brewing businesses. Ms. Palmer also fulfills duties such as fundraising and development, marketing event management, and continuing education for Guild members.
Ms. Palmer has been featured in various AJC articles and opinion page pieces, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, various Morris and local papers, on NPR, GPB, and WXIA, among other local and national publications, radio programs, and newscasts. Georgia Trend Magazine recognized her as a “Notable Georgian” in 2015. She has been a featured speaker at the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the Georgia Association of Zoning Administrators, the Georgia Municipal Association, as well as numerous meetings of local Democratic and Republican activist chapters.
Before accepting her current position with the Guild, Ms. Palmer did independent consulting in food and beverage. She offered services as a sommelier, restaurant consultant, wine educator, and food and beverage writer. During this time, she was a founding contributor of the Athens group the Four Coursemen. In her years with the Coursemen the group was featured in Food and Wine, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, as well as other publications. She was a cast member of both Four Coursemen specials for the Cooking Channel, the first of which received a James Beard Award nomination. Ms. Palmer continues to do food and wine television from time to time.
In addition to her years in the beverage industry, Ms. Palmer also spent two years working as a program manager for Champions Made From Adversity. As part of a small team lead by two disabled veterans, she managed programs funded by the Department of Defense to encourage disabled veterans into Paralympic sports.
Ms. Palmer is a 2005 University of Georgia graduate with a degree in Philosophy. She currently resides in Athens with her rescue dog Champion and an ever-expanding collection of antique books. She enjoys good food but hates sweet potatoes.