(Washington, D.C.) – Steven Cohen, a communications professional with extensive experience at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on Capitol Hill, has been named the Director of Media Relations at the International Food Information Council (IFIC), as well as the IFIC Foundation.
“We are excited to have someone with Steven’s broad knowledge of communications and experience in the public policy arena join our staff,” said IFIC President and CEO David Schmidt. “I am confident that Steven will help us expand our capacity to more effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety to a broader audience.”
A former journalist, Steven served for six years as the Deputy Director and Senior Press Officer in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). In that capacity, he served as the agency’s chief spokesperson and directed a staff of public affairs professionals on high profile issues like the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and high-profile food safety recalls. Prior to his work at FSIS, Steven worked for 10 years on Capitol Hill, serving on the staffs of three Members of Congress.
For the past four years, Steven provided strategic communications advice to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), two United Nations (UN) Agencies headquartered in Rome, Italy. His wife, Nancy E. Roman, serves in the leadership of the UN’s World Food Program.