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

Current Board of Trustees

Philippe Caradec


Vice President, Public & Government Affairs
Danone North America PBC

Fergus M. Clydesdale, PhD


Distinguished Professor and Director of the Food Science Policy Alliance
University of Massachusetts

Russell Dyer

Co-Vice Chair

VP & Chief of Communications & Government Affairs
Mondelēz International

Regan Lucas Bailey, PhD, RD, MPH, CPH

Co-Vice Chair

Professor of Nutrition Science
Purdue University

Don Jones


Vice President, Quality
Simply Good Foods USA, Inc.

C. Daniel (Dan) Azzara, PhD

Alan R. Warehime Professor
The Pennsylvania State University

Robert B Gravani, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Food Science
Cornell University, Department of Food Science

Giorgio Beltrami

Vice President, Research and Development
Barilla Group

Leigh Horner

VP, Corporate Communications and CSR
The Hershey Company

Regina Benjamin, MD

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

Joe Kelsay

Biotech Affairs & External Engagement Leader
Corteva Agriscience

Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RD, CDN

Vice President, Nutrition & Wellness
Compass Group, North America

Dorothy Lagg, MS

Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Mars, Incorporated

John D. Fernstrom, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology-Chemical Biology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Simin Meydani, D.V.M, PhD

Senior Scientist & Director Nutritional Immunology Lab
Tufts University

Timothy Sellnow, PhD

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

Robert L. Thompson, PhD

Senior Associate
Center for Strategic & International Studies

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD

Dean and Professor, Departments of Nutrition & Biostatistics & Epidemiology
School of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts

Wamwari Waichungo, PhD

Vice President, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
The Coca-Cola Company

Maha Tahiri, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition

Jeffrey Zachwieja, PhD

Senior Director, Global R&D Nutrition Sciences

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.

David M. Klurfeld, PhD

National Program Leader for Human Nutrition
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Dr. William Hoffman

Chief of Staff
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Jackie Haven

Deputy Director
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion

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.