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Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy: Working Group Participants

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In addition to the public forum on May 6, "Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy" will hold expert working group sessions on May 6 and 7. Participants will include scientists, farmers, journalists, policy makers, advocates, and engaged citizens.

Working group participants will include:

  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Staff Attorney, Center for Public Health Law
  • Lannesse Baker, Program Manager, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis
  • JoAnne Berkenkamp, President and founder, Tomorrow's Table LLC
  • Nadja Berneche, Program Director, Gardening Matters; Co-chair, Ramsey County/St. Paul Food and Nutrition Commission
  • Diane Beth, Evidence Base and Healthy Eating Coordinator, Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch – NC Division of Public Health
  • Valentine Cadieux, Research Associate, Departments of Sociology and Geography, University of Minnesota
  • Sean Cash, Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
  • Brian Cook, Research Consultant, Toronto Public Health
  • Paula Daniels, Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
  • Simone French, Professor, School of Public Health; director, Obesity Prevention Center, University of Minnesota
  • Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, City University of New York, School of Public Health and Hunter College
  • Lisa Gemlo, Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator and Food System Planner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Sam Grant, Co-founder and Organizer, Afro-Eco
  • Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy, University of Illinois
  • Reggi Haslett-Marroquin, Farmer, Mainstreet Project
  • Jack Hedin, Farmer, Featherstone Farm
  • Melinda Hemmelgarn, Principal, Food Sleuth, LLC
  • Kristine Igo, Associate Director, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, University of Minnesota
  • Cassi Johnson, Senior Community Prevention Consultant, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention
  • Sonya Jones, Director, Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and associate professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
  • Robert Lawrence, Director, Center for a Livable Future, John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust
  • Robert Lustig, Professor, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, University of California-San Francisco
  • Jennifer MacDougall, Senior Program Officer, Healthy Active Communities, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina  
  • Vayong Moua, Senior Advocacy and Health Equity Principal, Center for Prevention, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Dariush Mozaffarian, Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Helene Murray, Executive Director, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Susie Nanney, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • Michel Nischan, CEO, Wholesome Wave
  • Maritza Owens, Founder, Harvest Home
  • LaDonna Redmond, Founder, Campaign for Food Justice Now
  • Sue Roberts, Fellow, Partnership for Healthy America
  • Jean Ronnei, Chief Operations Officer, St. Paul Public Schools
  • Ricardo Salvador, Program Director & Senior Scientist, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Julianne Seiber, Coordinator, Statewide Health Improvement Program for Saint Paul – Ramsey County Department of Public Health
  • Simone Senogles, Development Coordinator, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Tracy Sides, Founder and Principal, Bravely Be
  • Lynn Silver, Senior Advisor for Chronic Disease and Obesity, Public Health Institute
  • Michele Simon, Author, Speaker, Public Health Lawyer,  Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back
  • Steve Suppan, Senior Policy Analyst for Market Regulation, Trade and Technology, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Angie Tagtow, Owner and Principal, Environmental Nutrition Solutions
  • Zoe Finch Totten, Founder and CEO, The Full Yield
  • Deborah Vogel, Public Health Officer and Emergency Medicine Physician, Hood River County, Oregon
  • Houa Vue-Her, Program Director, Extension Center for Family Development, University of Minnesota
  • Diane Wilson, Executive Director, Dream of Wild Health
  • Mark Winne, Author of Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture
  • Vanessa Zajfen, Farm to School Regional Lead, United States Department of Agriculture


  • Maggi Adamek, Owner and Principal, Terra Soma
  • Haile Johnston, Co-founder and Director, Common Market Philadelphia
  • Priya Parker, Founder, Thrive Labs