Clay is senior vice president of regulatory and environmental affairs and staff counsel for the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF). He has responsibility for issues related to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, food safety and defense and environmental issues. He is engaged in numerous homeland security activities and is co-chair to the Food and Agricultural Sector Coordinating Council (FASCC), a presidentially mandated partnership between government and private sector. He has served as a Director-at-Large on the AOAC Board of Directors since 2009 and as a Director for the past three years. Clay was formerly employed by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) where he worked for 25 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology, an MBA in finance and a law degree. He has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1997.