May
24
11:00 AM11:00

FDA Update: Part II

Intentional Adulteration Rule- FDA Strategies for Inspection and Compliance

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Don Kautter- Senior Advisor, FDA Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brief Bio- Don Kautter is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the US Food and Drug Administration.  Don is the co-lead for implementation of the Intentional Adulteration FSMA regulation and a subject matter expert on juice HACCP, food defense, foodborne outbreaks, the human food FSMA regulations, preventive controls, and FDA food inspection and compliance activities.  Don has held numerous positions within the FDA both in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Office of Regulatory Affairs dealing with food safety, food safety policy, and compliance and enforcement activities. Don received his Master’s in Food Science at the University of Maryland and his undergraduate degree at George Mason University.

Colin Barthel- Policy Analyst Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brief Bio- Colin Barthel is a policy analyst with FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.  Mr. Barthel has been working in food defense for over 10 years and has been involved in FDA’s vulnerability assessment program since 2006. Mr. Barthel serves as a major contributor for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration rule, and is a lead for the development of the implementation strategy for the IA rule

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May
24
8:45 AM08:45

FDA Update: Part I

Intentional Adulteration Rule- Requirements, Dialogue with Stakeholders, Guidance and Training

Ryan NewkirkSenior Advisor for Intentional Adulteration, FDA Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)

Brief Bio- Ryan Newkirk, PhD, MPH, is the lead for the Food Safety Modernization Act Intentional Adulteration rule writing workgroup, and is the Senior Advisor for Intentional Adulteration on FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition(CFSAN). Dr. Newkirk has worked in terrorism prevention for 15 years, with a specific focus on food defense for ten years. Prior to joining FDA, Dr. Newkirk held a post-doctoral position with United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Food Defense Assessment Staff. Dr. Newkirk completed his doctorate in epidemiology and food defense research at the Food Protection and Defense Institute at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Caitlin Hickey- Policy Analyst, FDA Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brief Bio- Caitlin Hickey is a Policy Analyst on FDA’s Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition(CFSAN) where she works on food defense and consumer education. Prior to joining FDA, Caitlin was a food safety consultant for the food industry and the FDA while at Deloitte & Touche LLP and a staff scientist at the Institute of Food Technologists. Caitlin received her Master’s degree in Food Science from the University of California, Davis and her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science from the University of Maryland.

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May
23
3:30 PM15:30

Plenary Session

Protecting your Nachos - Implementing Food Defense in your Favorite Stadium

 

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Daniel Huff, MPA REHS- Environmental Health Director, Minneapolis Department of Health

Brief Bio: Daniel Huff currently serves as the Environmental Health Director for the Minneapolis Health Department.  Daniel earned a BA in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; a Master’s in Public Affairs form the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota; and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.  He began his professional career as a high school science teacher where he earned multiple awards including teacher of the year.  Subsequently, he operated a water treatment and hydroelectric plant for a retreat center in the north cascade mountains, coordinated water resource programs through the University of Minnesota Extension Service and directed policy and advocacy for a local nonprofit.  Daniel has been at the City of Minneapolis for twelve years where he has served in a variety of roles and departments. 

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Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

Brief Bio- Amy Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Centers initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis. She serves on several federal committees and working groups to advance public health preparedness. 

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kircher was the Command epidemiologist with the NORAD – US Northern Command (N-NC) Office of the Command Surgeon. At N-NC she lead disease surveillance, epidemiologic modeling, bioterrorism preparedness, and served as a public health expert. Dr. Kircher has an extensive background in Homeland Security Defense, supporting operations and response during national disasters to include Hurricane Katrina, and H1N1. She was awarded both the DOD Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and DOD Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal for work at the Commands.

Dr. Kircher completed her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

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May
23
3:00 PM15:00

Plenary Session

Intentional Food Contamination Case Studies and Agency Response


Robert Simmons- Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

The presentation provides insight into an investigation of a food tampering threat. 

Brief Bio: SSA Robert Simmons joined the FBI in 2006 and was assigned to the Sacramento Division, Fairfield Resident Agency.  In Fairfield, Simmons worked both criminal and national security programs.  Simmons transferred to the Chicago Division in 2010 and was initially assigned to investigate International Terrorism matters.  Simmons subsequently served as Chicago’s Crisis Management Coordinator and Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.  Simmons currently serves as the supervisor for Chicago’s Threat Assessment squad. 


Fred StephensWMD Coordinator, Minneapolis Division

Fred will be presenting a case study involving food contamination of salad bar

Brief Bio: Currently the Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator for the Minneapolis Division of the FBI.  He has experience working various types of investigations to include WMD, Terrorism, and Violent Crimes and has experience as a member the of the FBI Evidence Response Team and Hazardous Evidence Response Team.


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Brad Deacon- Director, Office of Legal Affairs & Emergency Management, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

In late April 2016, an alert employee in a SE Michigan grocery store noticed a customer spraying a substance on ready-to-eat food items. The store contacted local law enforcement and the situation quickly escalated to involve multiple public health and law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. It also quickly became public, making national news as authorities looked for the suspect, labs tested samples, public health looked for potential human illnesses, and food regulators coordinated with the private sector. This presentation will cover the timeline of events and the levels of coordinated response to an incident of national interest, as well as lessons learned from a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary response that requires rapid action to protect the public health even when many key facts remain unknown.

Brief Bio: Brad Deacon is the Director of Legal Affairs and the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.  He oversees the Department’s coordination of litigation and legal issues with the Office of the Attorney General, as well as public hearings, Freedom of Information Act compliance, and development of regulations for the Department.  He is also the Department’s emergency management coordinator, overseeing planning, preparedness, and response activities related to the food and agriculture sector, including the Food & Drug Administration’s Rapid Response Team grant.  Brad represents the Department on multiple homeland security and preparedness boards and served two years as the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Co-Chair on the national Food & Agriculture Sector Government Coordinating Council.  His undergraduate and law degrees are from Michigan State University, and he is an adjunct professor at MSU College of Law teaching Agriculture and Hospitality Law.

 

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May
23
2:15 PM14:15

Plenary Session

International Survey of Food Fraud and related Terminology: Preliminary Results and Discussion

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Brian BedardExecutive Director, GMA Science and Education Foundation

An international industry-wide and anonymous online survey was conducted during late 2017 to address the need for clarification and harmonization of commonly used terminology for food fraud and the related lexicon.

Brief Bio: Brian Bedard is currently the Executive Director of the GMA Science and Education Foundation ( GMA SEF www.gmaonline.org/sef).  He is a veterinary epidemiologist, international agriculture and food safety specialist and senior manager with more than 30 years of experience in the United States, Canada, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Latin America. His work has included projects and programs related to food safety, livestock health and production, research and development, extension education and training and the facilitation of best practice agri-food value chains through public-private partnerships.  Prior to the GMA SEF he managed international programs for the World Bank including the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), the Global Program for Human and Avian Influenza (GPAI) and One Health in developing countries.  He currently serves on the Board of the Partnership for Food Safety Education, is a member of the US FDA International Food Safety Capacity Building Working Group and is an advisor to the Board for Safe Food Canada.

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May
23
1:45 PM13:45

Plenary Session

Bio-Terrorism Regulations and Your Safety

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Desmond Brown- Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer, Division of Food Defense Targeting, FDA

Identifying imported foods that might be intentionally contaminated with biological or chemical agents continues to be of significant concern to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To help mitigate the risk of hazardous foods reaching U.S. consumers, the Division of Food Defense Targeting (DFDT) uses a risk-based screening tool to target, intercept, and prevent high-risk imported food products from entering the country. Given the quantity of foods imported each year; any incident involving the use of hazardous agents to attack the U.S. food supply could inflict significant economic damage, instill fear in consumers, and lower confidence in U.S. food safety. Hence, the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 was enacted. The Bioterrorism Act requires food facilities engage in manufacturing, packing, or holding food for consumption in the U.S. to register with FDA. Among other things, the Act requires FDA to receive prior notifications of all imported food shipments before they arrive in the U.S. Using risk-based screening criteria, the DFDT targets firms, countries, products, and other Prior Notice (PN) data elements to identify terrorist threats to FDA-regulated imported foods. Criteria are dynamic and can be easily changed to target the riskiest food shipments based on credible intelligence of products being adulterated with poisonous ingredients, target of terrorism, or other serious criminal activities. From time to time, foods produced in facilities that have been impacted by disaster are targeted for vigorous PN screening. During FY 2017, FDA screened approximately 15 million PNs against high-risk criteria. Most notable are the 81,000 high-risk PNs the DFDT manually reviewed to determine association with terrorist organizations. The DFDT refused more than 700 shipments for PN violations. To help mitigate the risk of unsafe foods reaching U.S. consumers, the DFDT screens and vets PN data of high-risk imported food shipments for signs of intentional adulteration by terrorists.

Brief bio: Desmond Brown joined the FDA Division of Food Defense Targeting about 8 years ago. He started his career with the FDA as a Consumer Safety Officer/Reviewer and after 3 years he was promoted to a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer. His responsibilities include; reviewing data of high-risk imported food shipments for possible links to Bioterrorism to minimize the risk of serious illnesses or death from intentionally contaminated food shipments that enter the USA commerce.  He also investigates firms and entities that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act under the prior notice regulations [section 801(m)] and food facility registrations [801(l)].

Before joining FDA, Desmond Brown worked with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for eight years. Some of his duties included, investigating and disqualifying grocery store owners who exchanging food stamp benefits for cash from participating into the food stamp program.  He also inspected imported agriculture and animal products to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful foreign pests into the United States.

Originally from Jamaica, Desmond Brown migrated to the United States in 1991. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 with a M.S. in Horticulture and from Cornell University 1997 with a B.S. in Plant Science.

When he is not working to protect public health, he enjoys spending his time watching soccer, reading, tutoring math, or preparing for his upcoming Toastmasters meetings.

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May
23
1:15 PM13:15

Plenary Session

Cool Logic; Solving a Norovirus Outbreak in a Commercially-Distributed Food


How do you organize an outbreak investigation involving at least eight agencies? How do you ship 25 gallons of frozen ice cream across the country? How do you know when a norovirus outbreak is due to employee illness or something bigger?

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Alida Sorenson, MPH- Response and Recall Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Brief Bio- Alida Sorenson has worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Rapid Response Team (RRT) since 2012 in several roles, including as an investigator and program coordinator. Prior to her work at MDA, Alida worked at the Minnesota Department of Health on “Team Diarrhea”. She received her MPH from the University of Minnesota in 2014.

 

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Amy Saupe, MPH- Epidemiologist Senior, Minnesota Department of Health

Brief Bio- Amy Saupe received her MPH from the University of Minnesota, and worked at the Minnesota Department of Health on “Team Diarrhea” as a graduate student. She has worked as an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Department of Health's Foodborne Diseases Unit since 2011, where she leads enteric outbreak investigations, coordinates several norovirus projects, and participates in foodborne disease surveillance activities.

 

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May
23
11:45 AM11:45

Plenary Session

Critical Roles: Five People Who Can Make or Break Your Incident Response Plan

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Polly L. Sullivan- President/Owner, Ready Inc. Consulting

Intentional adulteration incidents are often life-threatening, complex, and fast-moving. To respond effectively and swiftly, quality assurance and food safety teams can’t go it alone. Meet the five essential but often overlooked people you must engage and train in advance of an incident – and learn proven techniques for empowering them to fully support and effectively participate in your organization’s response to a food defense breach.

Brief Bio: Polly L. Sullivan has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, public relations and crisis planning.  She launched Ready Inc. Consulting in 2012 after more than a decade with Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. At Weber Shandwick, she was a vice president in the agency’s Technology and Farm and Food Advocacy groups and served as the lead architect and developer of the U.S. dairy industry’s crisis response plan. Polly’s goal as an independent consultant is to deliver the insight, inspiration and structure farm and food organizations need to develop a clear vision of their future, a true and strong voice in the marketplace, and smart plans for preventing and responding to crises. She has led more than 60 crisis drills and developed crisis response strategies for companies in a variety of industries – including dairy, eggs, cosmetics, and sweepstakes management. Polly spent her teenage years working on her family’s dairy farm in Pendleton, South Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a master’s in agricultural economics. Polly recently earned a certificate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health.

 

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May
23
11:15 AM11:15

Plenary Session

Intentional Contamination of Chicken at GNP Company

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Christie KapsnerDirector of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Pilgrim's Pride

Review of an intentional contamination incident caused by an employee working in a chicken processing facility

Brief Bio- Christie Kapsner works for Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation as a Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance. She previously worked as Food Safety Manager for GNP Company, prior to its acquisition by Pilgrim’s in 2017. Ms. Kapsner held several positions at GNP Company, including Food Safety Specialist and Quality Assurance Leadership Trainee. Ms. Kapsner is a 2000 graduate of Saint Cloud State University and 2014 graduate of the University of Minnesota –Twin Cities, holding B.S. degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Food Science. She is currently attending Michigan State University where she will complete a M.S.  degree in Food Safety.

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May
23
10:45 AM10:45

Plenary Session

Global Efforts to Stop Food Crime

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Andy Morling - Head of Food Crime, UK National Food Crime Unit

The UK National Food Crime Unit works to improve understanding of food crime, identify specific instances of dishonesty within supply chains, and instigate action to address. 

Brief bio- Andy began his law enforcement career 25 years ago as a specialist investigator in the globally respected Investigation Division of Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise. The focus of this role was tackling the threat to the UK from international drug trafficking and serious economic crime. In 2001, following the lengthy trial of an internationally prominent sports promoter, Andy received a formal commendation from the trial Judge at Southwark Crown Court for his role leading the complex fraud investigation. Andy developed particular expertise in the use of covert surveillance and other sensitive investigative and intelligence gathering techniques. This specialism took him away from operational work on secondment to a role in national police surveillance training.  At the end of his secondment, Andy returned to frontline law enforcement leading serious and complex investigations into financial crime and international bribery and corruption at the Serious Fraud Office at its London headquarters. In 2010 Andy joined the National Crime Agency with responsibility for tackling child sexual exploitation and abuse. Working directly to the Prime Minister’s Office Andy lead the UK law enforcement element of the joint UK/US Taskforce to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation. Andy was tasked, in 2015, with building and leading the new National Food Crime Unit and leading the UK fight against this serious dishonesty in food supply chains.  

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May
23
9:30 AM09:30

Plenary Session

Food Defense Solutions

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Amy Kircher- Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

Brief Bio- Amy Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Centers initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis. She serves on several federal committees and working groups to advance public health preparedness. 

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kircher was the Command epidemiologist with the NORAD – US Northern Command (N-NC) Office of the Command Surgeon. At N-NC she lead disease surveillance, epidemiologic modeling, bioterrorism preparedness, and served as a public health expert. Dr. Kircher has an extensive background in Homeland Security Defense, supporting operations and response during national disasters to include Hurricane Katrina, and H1N1. She was awarded both the DOD Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal and DOD Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal for work at the Commands.

Dr. Kircher completed her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

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May
23
8:45 AM08:45

Keynote

IBM Food Trust, IBM Blockchain

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Azeem MalikIBM Food Trust

IBM Food Trust™, built on Blockchain technology, is the first solution to provide instant, secure access to end-to-end food supply chain information - seamlessly delivered from the cloud. Blockchain technology can efficiently trace and authenticate food products from farm to fork in seconds, not days or weeks. 

In August 2017, IBM announced a major blockchain collaboration with ten of the largest retailers and suppliers in the food industry to address the topic of food safety, including Walmart, Dole, Driscoll's, Golden State Foods, Kroger, McCormick, McLane, Nestle, Tyson Foods, and Unilever. 

Brief Bio- Azeem is currently on the IBM Blockchain team focused on business development opportunities for the IBM Food Trust solution, which aims to provide traceability to improve food transparency and efficiency.  Prior to that, he was a manager on the IBM Watson Business Development team tasked with building out IBM's strategic imperatives around AI, cloud, healthcare, blockchain, and financial services.  Azeem started his IBM career seven years ago in Corporate Development with a focus on M&A and divestiture activity across IBM's business units. Prior to joining IBM, he worked in various banking and financial services roles for General Electric Capital and BNP Paribas.  Azeem received his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 2012, and his Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 2004.  

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May
22
5:30 PM17:30

Keynote

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Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., is the Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, a position he assumed in May 2016. In that role, he oversees the food and animal health activities of FDA, including FDA's responsibilities in the areas of food safety and nutrition, food labeling, food and color additives, cosmetics, dietary supplements, animal drugs and animal feed, and research to support the food and veterinary medicine mission of FDA.

Dr. Ostroff has also served as the acting FDA Commissioner on two occasions, from April 2015 to late February 2016 and again from January to May 2017.

Dr. Ostroff served as the FDA's Chief Scientist starting in February 2014. The Office of the Chief Scientist works closely with FDA's product centers, providing strategic leadership and support for FDA's regulatory science and innovation initiatives.

Dr. Ostroff joined FDA in 2013 as Chief Medical Officer in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and Senior Public Health Advisor to FDA's Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At CDC Dr. Ostroff focused on emerging infectious diseases, food safety, and coordination of complex outbreak response. He retired from the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General). Dr. Ostroff was also the Director of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Acting Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and has consulted internationally on public health projects in South Asia and Latin America.

Dr. Ostroff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1981 and completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and preventive medicine at CDC.

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May
22
4:45 PM16:45

Keynote

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Tom Vilsack- Former Secretary of Agriculture

As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Tom Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC's global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy.  

Vilsack joined USDEC in January 2017 after serving eight years as the Nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack worked hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. In eight years at the Department, Vilsack fought to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. Under his leadership, USDA supported America's farmers, ranchers and growers who are driving the rural economy forward, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out record conservation efforts, made record investments in our rural communities and helped provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people.

Vilsack was the longest-serving member of President Obama’s original Cabinet. Prior to his appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Vilsack received his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York. He is also the recipient of 10 honorary doctorate degrees. Vilsack has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by various organizations.  Most notably, the Borlaug Medallion from the World Food Prize Foundation, The Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the Congressional Hunger Center Leadership Award, and by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition for his commitment to international development.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Vilsack was born into an orphanage and adopted in 1951. After graduating from law school, Vilsack moved to Mt. Pleasant Iowa, his wife Christie's hometown, where he practiced law for 25 years.  Vilsack remains currently licensed to practice law in Iowa. The Vilsacks have two adult sons and two daughters-in- law—Doug, married to Janet; and Jess, married to Kate. They also have four grandchildren: Jake, Ella, Caroline and Cassin. 

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