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

Board of Trustees

Regan Lucas Bailey, PhD, RD, MPH, CPH


Professor, Nutrition Science
Purdue University

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.

Giorgio Beltrami

Vice President, Research and Development
Barilla Group

Regina Benjamin, MD

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

Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RD, CDN

Vice President, Nutrition & Wellness
Compass Group, North America

Edith DeVita

Vice President, Global Scientific & Regulatory Affairs
Mars, Incorporated

Leigh Horner

Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR
The Hershey Company

Simin Meydani, D.V.M, PhD

Senior Scientist and Director of Nutritional Immunology Team
Tufts University



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

Maha Tahiri, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition

Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD

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

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.

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.