Meet Our Team


  • Peter Friedmann

    Serves as the Executive Director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. He plays a key role in developing U.S. and international transportation policy. In 1987, he helped form the AgTC when a number of agricultural exporters sought assistance in dealing with ocean transportation challenges.

    As Counsel for the U.S Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Peter was responsible for drafting the Ocean Shipping Act and has drafted numerous other transportation laws, including Jones Act amendments, and the funding mechanisms by which ports and inland waterways are dredged and operated?the Harbor Maintenance Fee.

    Since leaving Capitol Hill, Peter has been a leading advocate for shipper and international trade interests before Congress, the Federal Maritime Commission, and other federal agencies.


  • Spencer Young

    Works in Washington, D.C. where she organizes and manages meetings, special events, membership and communications for the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC). She represents the AgTC at industry meetings, at federal agencies, and on Capitol Hill.

    Spencer has a background in the maritime industry. Prior to joining AgTC, she worked as a Ship Agent in the San Francisco Bay Area ensuring safe and efficient port calls for commercial vessels. She coordinated all logistical aspects of vessel port calls, informed vessel Masters, charterers, and owners of local port regulations and safety measures, and advocated on behalf of vessel charterers to ensure timely movement of cargo.

    Spencer graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Logistics. She is originally from Paso Robles, CA.


  • Stephen Hudson

    Conducts in-depth national and global transportation and regulatory research, fundamental to development of AgTC positions on critical transportation issues and industry developments. He provides essential communications, technology and information services vital for ensuring AgTC member and other agriculture industry engagement.

    His previous experience includes several years working with an international NGO, as well as legislative internships with the office of U.S. Senator John Barrasso and the U.S. Travel Association.

    He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wyoming.


  • Susan Young

    Builds AgTC membership through outreach to agriculture exporters. She facilitates member services and communications, in particular supporting member participation and transportation industry sponsorships of AgTC events, including AgTC’s Ag Shipper Workshops, the AgTC Annual Meeting, the largest annual gathering of agriculture exporters focused on transportation. Susan supports virtual and in-person industry meetings, events, and conferences for AgTC member companies and associations. Day to day, she serves as a member resource, assuring availability of AgTC member benefits.

    She has a decades-long experience in the public and private education sectors and has led highly esteemed communication initiatives at the county and state levels. Susan holds a Masters’ Degree from California Polytechnic University and lives in Paso Robles, CA.