42nd Annual National Food Policy Conference
March 14 & 15, 2019
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth St NW, Washington, DC

Brochure – Program


Wednesday, March 14, 2019

8:00am
Welcome

Jack Gillis
Executive Director
Consumer Federation of America

Thomas Gremillion
Director, Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:15am
Keynote Address

Introduction
Sandra Eskin
Project Director, Food Safety
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Speaker
Frank Yiannas
Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy & Response
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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8:45am
Keynote Address

Introduction
Jim Weill
President
Food Research & Action Center

Speaker
The Honorable Debbie Stabenow
United States Senate

9:30 am
Facilitated Discussion: Food Policy in the 116th Congress

Moderator
Claire Brown
Staff Writer
New Food Economy

Panelists
Laura MacCleery
Policy Director
Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Jennifer Hatcher
Chief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President Government Relations
Food Marketing Institute
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Kim Kessler
Assistant Commissioner
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
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Alison Bodor
President & CEO
American Frozen Food Institute
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11:15 am Breakout Panels
Panel 1: Barriers to Benefits

Moderator
Teaganne Finn
Agriculture Policy Reporter
Bloomberg Government

Panelists
Hannah Walker
Director, Government Relations
Food Marketing Institute

Karianne Jones
Counsel
Democracy Forward

Joseph Llobrera
Senior Policy Analyst
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Panel 2: Marijuana: FDA, States, and an Uncharted Regulatory Frontier

Moderator
Megan Poinski
Senior Editor
Food Dive

Panelists
Garth Van Meter
Vice President of Government Affairs
Project SAM

Jessica Wasserman
Partner
Greenspoon Marder LLP

Michael Bowman
Founding Chair
National Hemp Association

Steve Hawkins
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project

Panel 3: The Food Waste Economy

Moderator
Randy Green
Partner
Watson Green LLC

Panelists
Hannah Cather
Program Manager
Food Recovery Network

Emily Frigon
Co-creator and Manager
harvestRX

Jasmine Crowe
CEO
Goodr

1:10 pm
Facilitated Discussion: Environmentally Sustainable Food

Moderator
Chuck Abbot
Editor
Food and Environment Reporting Network Ag Insider

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

Ted Nordhaus
Executive Director
The Breakthrough Institute

Sabine O’Hara
Dean, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)
University of the District of Columbia

2:30 pm
Facilitated Discussion: Economically Sustainable Food

Moderator
Dan Charles
Food and Agriculture Correspondent
National Public Radio

Panelists
Josh Farley
Associate Professor in Community Development & Applied Economics and Public Administration
University of Vermont

Darren Seifer
Executive Director
NPD Group

Chris Adamo
Vice President Federal and Industry Affairs
Danone North America

3:35 pm
Facilitated Discussion: Socially Sustainable Food

Moderator
Sally Greenberg
Executive Director
National Consumers League

Panelists
Brad Figel
Vice President of Public Affairs North America
Mars Incorporated

Brandon R. McFadden
Assistant Professor, Applied Economics and Statistics
University of Delaware

Jean Halloran
Director of Food Policy Initiatives
Consumers Reports

4:30 pm
Keynote Address

Introduction
David Fikes
Vice President Consumer/Community Affairs and Communications
Food Marketing Institute

Speaker
The Honorable Chellie Pingree
US House of Representatives

Thursday, March 15, 2019

8:00am
Welcome

Thomas Gremillion
Director, Food Policy Institute
Consumer Federation of America

8:30 am
Keynote Address

Introduction
Dr. James Rogers
Director of Food Safety Research and Testing
Consumer Reports

Speaker
Dr. Mindy Brashears
Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
U.S. Department of Agriculture
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11:15 am Breakout Panels
Panel 1: Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Moderator
Brian Ronholm
Senior Director of Regulatory Policy
Arent Fox LLP

Panelists
Laura Saslow
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing Department of Health Behavior & Biological Sciences
University of Michigan

Francois Millard
Senior Vice President
Vitality Group International

Sue Daugherty
CEO
MANNA

Mike Maenza
Founder and President
MMI Culinary and SWEGS Kitchen

Panel 2: Fresh Produce Safety—Learning from Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

Moderator
Silvia Dumitrescu
Vice President, Communications
International Food Information Council

Panelists
Michael Taylor
Senior Fellow
Meridian Institute

Sandra Eskin
Project Director, Food Safety
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Dr. Samir Assar
Director, Office of Food Safety in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Jennifer McEntire, VP Food Safety & Technology
United Fresh

Panel 3: Casualties of Trade Wars

Moderator
Megan Cassella
Reporter
Politico

Panelists
Lori Wallach
Global Trade Watch Director
Public Citizen

David Orden
Professor
Virginia Tech University Center for Agricultural Trade

William Alan Reinsch
Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Lesly McNitt
Director of Public Policy
National Corn Growers Association

10:45 am
Facilitated Discussion: The Next New Food

Moderator
Patty Lovera
Food and Water Policy Director
Food & Water Watch

Panelists
Greg Jaffe
Director, Project on Biotechnology
Center for Science in the Public Interest

Jack Bobo
Vice President, Global Policy & Government Affairs
intrexon

Dana Wagner
Chief Legal Officer
Impossible Foods

Allison Van Eenennaam
Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics
UC Davis
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