National & Regional Boards


National Board of Directors

Angie Cooper – Board ChairExecutive Director, Heartland Summit and Chief Programs Officer, Heartland Forward
Art Smith – Chairman EmeritusCo-Founder; Executive Chef, TABLE Fifty-Two, Art and Soul, LYFE Kitchen, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ and 1500 SOUTH Restaurant & Bar; CEO, Art Smith, LLC
Jesus Salgueiro – Vice ChairCo-Founder, Common Threads; Artist and Teacher, Susej Art Studio
Mike Denman – SecretaryGlobal Sales Director – Accenture, Microsoft
Neil Cotty – TreasurerRetired CAO, Bank of America
Scott BarnhartPresident, Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Cardinal Health
Michelle BernsteinChef-owner of Michelle Bernstein Catering; Culinary consultant; Author; TV personality
Kevin Brown Ed.D.Executive Director, Texas Association of School Administrators
Alberto CarvalhoSuperintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
Sarita Dandamudi RaoCo-owner, Dandamudi’s and SVP, Business Marketing, Analytics & Alliances – AT&T Business
Laura KaretCEO, Giant Eagle
Anita LoCulinary Travel Host, Tour De Forks
Riana LynnNeo-Scientist, Creative Entrepreneur, AI-patent holder, and Technologist, CEO Journey Foods.
Abel MartinezGroup Vice-President of Partner Relations, Risk Solutions, & Government Affairs, HEB
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Geoffrey TullyPartner at Passarella Partners
Lisa WaddellFormer CEO of the CDC Foundation
Elizabeth WiseChief Global Government Relations & Public Affairs Officer

Chicago Board

Sydney Karp Poll – ChairFounder, SydPlayEat
Priyanka Patel – SecretaryOwner, Rooted Dental Care
Erin Mynaugh – TreasurerFounding Head of Client Operations, Homeward
Susan BetteridgeExecutive Creative Director & Partner, Pahnke LP
Alison Fletcher 
Ashley JonesBusiness Manager, Acosta
Amanda KostManager of Product and Lifecycle Marketing, Avail, part of the Network
Joe MadisonSenior Client Partner – Advertising Cloud, Adobe
Natalie MarottaClient Implementation Manager, Teladoc
Bushra ShahidBusiness Growth Consultant
Ross StuartPrincipal Technical Consultant, AHEAD

Government Relations Advisory Committee/DC Board

Cristina AnteloCEO, Ferox Strategies
Elizabeth AveryPresident, SNAC International
Tres BaileySr. Director of Federal Government Affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Joyce BrayboyManaging Director, Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs
Dan ChristensonSenior Director of Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Kate ColerVice President of Federal Government Relations, Albertsons Companies
Anne Curry 
Molly FogartyVice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Nestlé USA
Chandler GouleChief Executive Officer, National Association of Wheat Growers
Jennifer HatcherChief Public Policy Officer and Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs, FMI – The Food Industry Association
Kate HoustonChief Executive Office, National Association of Wheat Growers
Adrena IfillChief Strategist & Executive Producer, Ifill/DoubleBack Global Group
Chris JonesSenior Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel, National Grocers Association
Eli KoganSenior Director, Federal Government Affairs & Policy, Horizon
William KuckuckBoard member, Kent Corporation and former Chief Revenue Officer for GrainPro
Anthony PardalDeputy Director for Federal Affairs and Assistant Director of Administration for the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Tyson RedpathSenior Vice President, The Russell Group
Crystal SwannSenior Policy Fellow, Progressive Policy Institute
Maggie Sommers GentileVice President of Food and Nutrition Policy, Food Directions
Max TeplitskiChief Science Officer, Produce Marketing Association

Miami Board

Emily Arredia – ChairAccount Director – Enterprise, Adswerve
Rochelle Gapere – Vice ChairHappiness Coach and Attorney Advisor, OMHA
Shari Mermelstein, RD, LDN – SecretaryClinical Account Consultant, Foodsmart
Alex Buznego – TreasurerMiami Autonomous Vehicle Market Manager, Ford
Karen BarofskyVice President, Brustman Carrino Public Relations
Alexander ClaveroPartner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Mary Cordero 
Gabriella ReingevurtsMarketing Manager, Lavender Facial and Wellness Bar
Maite Velez-CoutoSenior Vice President & Partner, rbb Communications

Los Angeles Board

Lori C McGee – ChairCommunity Leader
Govind ArmstrongExecutive Chef, The Lobster, Post & Beam
Doneen ArquinesProducer, Magical Elves, Inc.
Claudia Bonilla KellerChief Mission Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
John KolaskiFounder, CEO & Curator, K2 Restaurants
Amanda NuñezPeople Operations Program Manager, Google
Cary WalkerSenior Vice President, Corporate Communications, City National Bank

Strategic Advisory Committee

Alejandro DiasgranadosTeacher, Aiton Elementary, District of Columbia Public Schools
Jayne Greenberg Ph.D.Project Director, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
Jin-Soo HuhPartner, The Learning Accelerator
Angela Odoms-Young Ph.D.Associate Professor, Cornell University
Raeanne Sarazen, MA, RDNRegistered Dietitian and Chef
Julia ShklovskayaFounder, Designing4Impact, LLC

National Advisory Board

Tamron HallHost & Executive Producer, The Tamron Hall Show
Jasmine RatliffDeputy Director, Keecha Harris and Associates, Inc.
Julius E. Rhodes, SPHRFounder and Principal, mpr group
Kate RubinFounder & Principal, Leadership Foundations
Gail SimmonsTrained Culinary Expert, Food Writer and Dynamic Television Personality
Tim PetersExecutive Director, Corporate & Public Affairs, Golin

Medical Partnerships Advisory Board

Steve BuegeManager, HealthScape Advisors LLC
Jimm CobbDirector, Business Development, Howard Brown Health Centers
Kofi Essel, MD, MPHAssistant Professor of Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Edwin McDonald IV M.D.Assistant Professor of Medicine & Associate Clinical Director of Adult Clinical Nutrition, University of Chicago Medicine
Melinda Ring M.D.Executive Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Univesity’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPAAssistant Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Obesity Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital