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


Senior Vice President, 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

Jeneen Fields, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology
Purdue University

Simin Meydani, DVM, PhD

Senior Scientist and Director of Nutritional Immunology Team Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Professor of Nutrition and Immunology
Tufts University



Amy Preston, PhD, RD

Senior Manager, R&D Regulatory & Nutrition 
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

Jessica Smith, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Nutrition
Mars, Inc.

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.

Conrad Choiniere, PhD

Director, Office of Analytics and Outreach
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
United States Food & Drug Administration

Janelle Gunn, MPH

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

Stephen Norman

Director, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences
Health Products and Food Branch
Health Canada

Christopher Waldrop

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

Guiding Principles

Fulfilling Our Mission

Our vision is a global environment where science informs food decisions.

Our mission is to effectively communicate science-based information about sustainable food systems, with a focus on food safety and nutrition.



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.