FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Adach, 202.986.2200 x3018
Washington, D.C. – February 29, 2012 – The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) today announced that Dan Glickman, former Member of Congress and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will serve as its new Board chair.
“We are delighted to welcome Dan Glickman as our new Board chair,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. “His career has largely focused on public service to improve the lives of the American people and end hunger in our nation. He is a tenacious advocate for those who struggle with hunger and poor nutrition.”
Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of ZERO TO THREE, stepping down after 13 years as FRAC Board chair, said “Dan brings wonderful experience, insight, and bipartisan relationships to FRAC. Throughout his career, he has brought together diverse communities to achieve a common goal. As we build our capacity to confront the challenges ahead, he will provide important leadership in this effort.”
Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001, where he focused on efforts to strengthen the federal nutrition programs and to improve Americans’ diet and nutrition. Before his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture, he served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Kansas’ Fourth Congressional District. During that time, he served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee that had jurisdiction over most federal farm policy issues.
Most recently, he was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) from 2004–2010. Currently, he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a bipartisan think tank where he focuses on public health, national security, and economic policy issues, and as Executive Director of the Congressional Program at The Aspen Institute. He has been a member of FRAC’s Board since 2001.
FRAC also expressed its deep gratitude to former Board chair Matthew Melmed.
“Matthew provided inspired leadership during his 13 years as chair of FRAC’s Board. He is a true friend to our organization, and we are thankful that he will continue to serve on the Board,” said Weill.
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