Mike Lavender is the senior manager of government affairs for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food & Environment program, where he advocates for a healthy, sustainable, and socially equitable food system. Previously, Mike served as a policy analyst at the Environmental Working Group, where he led congressional and executive branch campaigns relating to agriculture and biofuels policies. Before that, he spent six years in the office of former Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), where he worked on agriculture appropriations, nutrition, dairy policy, and other farm and food policy issues. Mike has a B.A. in American history and French language from Marquette University in Wisconsin.