Matt Raymond, a veteran communicator for more than 20 years, joined the International Food Information Council & IFIC Foundation in March 2013 as senior director of communications.
Raymond began his career as an on‐air, small‐market TV reporter. After moving in 1995 to Washington, D.C., he worked on Capitol Hill for eight years as a communications director for two senators and chief of staff for a congressman.
Raymond in 2003 became director of speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, briefly, was acting communications director under USDA secretaries Ann M. Veneman and Mike Johanns. He played leading communications roles in issues such as the announcement of the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow disease”) and the launch of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Food Guide Pyramid.
He continued as senior communications adviser for Veneman during her first two years as executive director at UNICEF in New York City. Raymond returned to Washington, D.C., in 2006 as director of communications at the Library of Congress.
A graduate with distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., he was named the outstanding broadcast journalism student for his graduating class.
In his spare time, he likes singing, playing with his dog Boomer, and flying his drone.