IFIC is governed by a Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are academic researchers.

Board of Trustees

Regan Lucas Bailey, PhD, MPH, RD


Associate Director, Institute for Advancing Health through Agriculture
Professor of Nutrition

Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Texas A&M University System

Russ Dyer


SVP Chief Communications Officer and Head of Public & Government Affairs
Mondelēz International

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD


Dean and Professor, Departments of Nutrition & Biostatistics & Epidemiology
University of Massachusetts- Amherst

Don Jones


Senior Vice President, Quality
Simply Good Foods USA, Inc.

Jeffrey Zachwieja, PhD


Senior Director, Global R&D Nutrition Sciences

Regina Benjamin, MD

Bayou Clinic, Inc. & Former U.S. Surgeon General

Susan Bond

Vice President Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
Kerry, Inc.

Jessica Campbell, PhD

Director, Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
General Mills

Mario Ferruzzi, PhD

Director, Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center
Chief, Section of Developmental Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Simin Meydani, D.V.M, PhD

Senior Scientist and Director of Nutritional Immunology Team
Tufts University



Amy Preston

Senior Manager, R&D Regulatory, Nutrition and Agile Innovation
The Hershey Company

Tia Rains, PhD

Vice President, Customer Engagement & Strategic Development
Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America

Dojin Ryu, PhD

Department of Animal, Veterinary & Food Sciences
University of Idaho

Barbara Schneeman, PhD

Professor Emerita
Department of Nutrition
University of California, Davis

Timothy Sellnow, PhD

Professor, Strategic Communication
Nicholson School of Communication
University of Central Florida

Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD

Professor of Cooperative Extension: Animal Biotechnology & Genomics
Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis

Public Liaisons

Public Liaisons are non-voting members of IFIC who work for a federal agency and have agreed to represent their organization and serve as advisors and subject-matter experts.

John Finley

National Program Leader for Human Nutrition
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Janelle Gunn

Associate Director of Policy, Partnership & Communication
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jackie Haven, MS, RD

Deputy Director
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Christopher Waldrop

Senior Health Scientist
Division of Public Health Informatics & Analytics
FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

William Yan, PhD

Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences
Food Directorate of Health Canada

Guiding Principles

Fulfilling Our Mission

Our mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety. We envision a global environment where credible science drives food policy and consumer choice.

Funding and Governance

IFIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are independent, academic researchers. Our work is primarily supported by grants and contributions from the private sector. IFIC is non-partisan. IFIC does not represent any company, industry or product. IFIC does not lobby or serve as an advocacy organization.

Furthering Our Scientific Values

IFIC is committed to promoting the values of transparency and scientific integrity. Therefore, IFIC derives its resources from peer-reviewed science and the work of authoritative bodies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the European Food Safety Authority and others.

Gathering Consumer Insights

IFIC has commissioned research on consumer attitudes and behaviors for more than 30 years. Our research findings and funding sources are made available to the public. We often work in partnerships across sectors on consumer research and encourage input from government agencies, NGOs, academics and professional organizations.

Engaging with Scientific Experts and Organizations

As an organization funded primarily by the private sector, IFIC’s collaboration with independent organizations and outside experts in nutrition, food safety and agriculture helps ensure the integrity of our education and communications programs.