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A Board of Trustees oversees the International Food Information Council Foundation.  The majority of our Trustees represent universities, governmental bodies, research laboratories and public foundations. The balance of our Trustees represent for-profit companies.

International Food Information Council Foundation Board of Trustees

Robert Gravani, PhD
Cornell University

Public Trustees
C. Daniel Azzara, Ph.D.
Alan R. Warehime Professor of Food and Agribusiness The Pennsylvania State University

Non-Public Trustees
Rhona S. Applebaum, PhD
The Coca-Cola Company

Vice Chair
Jeanne Goldberg, PhD,RD
Tufts University

Dr. Regina Benjamin

18th Surgeon General of the U.S.

Philippe Caradec
The Dannon  Company, Inc.

Nancy Childs,
St. Joseph's University

Lowell Catlett
Regents Professor and Dean, Emeritus of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Enviromental Sciences
New Mexico State University

Lisa Howard        
McDonald's Corporation

James Conlan
Mars, Incorporated
Fergus Clydesdale, PhD
University of Massachusetts

Roger Lawrence ,    
McCormick & Company, Inc.


Staff Leadership
David Schmidt, President & CEO

Kimberly Reed, Executive Director

Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Management Center

Steven Rizk, PhD
Mars, Incorporated


Ed Kee

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture



Adam Clayton Powell, III

University Fellow, USC Center on Public Diplomacy, Sr Fellow, USC Annenberg Center on

Communications Leadership and Plicy

  Robert L. Thompson, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies;
Senior Fellow, Global Agricultural Development & Food Security, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and
Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Policy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Chair Emeritus
Nancy Wellman, PhD, RD
Professor (retired) of Dietetics and Nutrition
Florida International University