40th Annual National Food Policy Conference
April 11 & 12, 2017
Marriott Metro Center Hotel – 775 12th Street NW

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Tuesday, April 7, 2017

8:30am
Welcome

Thomas Gremillion, Director of Food Policy
Consumer Federation of America

8:45am
Keynote Address

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The Honorable Jim McGovern
U.S. House of Representatives

9:30am
Facilitated Discussion: The New Administration’s Food Policy Agenda

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Moderator

Scott Faber, Vice President of Government Affairs
The Environmental Working Group

Panelists

Richard Frank, Founding Principal
OFW Law

Michael Jacobson, Co-founder and President
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Joseph Levitt, Partner
Hogan Lovells

Susan Pitman, Partner
FoodMinds

11:15 am Breakout Panels

 

Panel 1: Going Local—Food Policy Reform Outside of the Beltway

 

Moderator

Beth Johnson, Principal & CEO
Food Directions, LLC

Panelists

Robert Paarlberg, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Bill Wenzel, Food and Farming Program Director
U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Tracy Fox, President
Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, LLC

Lori J. Marco, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, General Counsel
Hormel Foods Corporation

Panel 2: A Healthy Dose of Information

 

Moderator

Joseph Clayton, President and CEO
International Food Information Council Foundation

Panelists

Claudine Kavanaugh, Senior Advisor for Nutrition Policy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Sally Greenberg, Executive Director
National Consumers League

Phillippe Caradec, Vice President Corporate Affairs
Danone North America

Kelly Horton, North America Policy Director
Mars, Incorporated

Panel 3: Big Data and the Future of Food Safety

 

Moderator

Dr. Darin Detwiler, Professor of Food Policy / Assistant Dean
College of Professional Studies – Northeastern University

Panelists

Donna Garren, Senior Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs
American Frozen Food Institute

Erin Dreyling, Vice President of Commercial Support
Roka Bioscience

Steve Musser, Deputy Center Director for Scientific Operations, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

James Rogers, Director of Food Safety Research and Testing
Consumers Union

1:30 pm
Keynote Address

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Introduction

Mary Pat Raimondi, Vice President, Strategic Policy and Partnerships
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Speaker

Dr. Susan Mayne, Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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2:00 pm
Facilitated Discussion: Hunger in America

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Moderator

Shannon Maynard, Executive Director
Congressional Hunger Center

Panelists

David Beckmann, President
Bread for the World

Jim Weill, President
Food Research and Action Center

Ellie Hollander, President & CEO
Meals on Wheels America

Abby Leibman, President & CEO
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

3:45 pm Panel Breakouts

 

Panel 1: Infant Nutrition and Public Policy

 

Moderator

Karen Showalter, Pennsylvania State Campaign Director, Food Justice Team
MomsRising

Panelists

Cara Wilking, Consulting Attorney
Public Health Advocacy Institute

Jennifer Harris, Director of Marketing Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
University of Connecticut

Roshelle Payes, Project Manager
Nemours Children’s Health System

Panel 2: A Food Safety Modernization Act for Meat and Poultry?

 

Moderator

Brian Ronholm, Senior Director of Regulatory Policy
Arent Fox LLP

Panelists

Sandra Eskin, Director, Safe Food Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Mike Robach, Vice President, Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs
Cargill, Inc.

Craig Hedberg, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
University of Minnesota

Roberta Wagner, Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Panel 3: The Next Farm Bill

 

Moderator

Constance Cullman, CEO
Farm Foundation

Panelists

Dale Moore, Executive Director of Public Policy
American Farm Bureau Federation

Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food & Environment Program
Union of Concerned Scientists

Scott Graves, Principal
Williams & Jensen, PLLC

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

8:15am
Welcome

Thomas Gremillion, Director of Food Policy
Consumer Federation of America

8:30 am
Keynote Address

 

Introduction

Mary Catherine Toker, Vice President, Global Government and Public Affairs
General Mills, Inc.

Speaker

Charles F. Conner, President & CEO
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

9:15am Panel Breakouts

 

Panel 1: Consolidation in the Food Industry

 

Moderator

Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior Agriculture Reporter
POLITICO

Panelists

Brian Todd, President
The Food Institute

David Schoeder, Principal
The Food Partners

Patrick Woodall, Research Director and Senior Policy Advocate
Food & Water Watch

Jonathan Sallet, Visiting Fellow – Governance Studies
Brookings Institution

Panel 2: Leading the Way to Less Food Waste

 

Moderator

Alison Bodor, President & CEO
American Frozen Food Institute

Panelists

Tres Bailey, Director of Federal Government Relations
Walmart Stores, Inc.

Amy Bachman, Procurement and Sustainability Manager
D.C. Central Kitchen

Thomas McQuillan, Director of Food Service Sales and Sustainability
Baldor Specialty Foods

Panel 3: Food and Immigration

 

Moderator

Ian Kullgren, Labor Reporter
POLITICO

Panelists

Angel Gonzalez, Campaign Coordinator, UFCW Civil Rights Department
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy
United Fresh

Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor, Food Studies
Syracuse University

Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Trade Policy
National Milk Producers Federation

10:45am
A Conversation with Wellness Pioneer Esther Dyson

Interviewer

Sally Squires, Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor
Powell Tate

Speaker

Esther Dyson, Executive Founder
Way to Wellville

11:15am
Facilitated Discussion: Food Industry Disruptors

Moderator

Maria Godoy, Senior Editor, NPR Science Desk
National Public Radio

Panelists

Ryan Pandya, Co-Founder/CEO
Perfect Day Foods
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Michael Berger, Founding Partner & VP of Supply Chain
Elevation Burger
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Seth Bannon, Founding Partner
Fifty Years
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Erin Dreyling, Vice President of Commercial Support
Roka Bioscience

12:30 pm
Adjournment