Advisory Role

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Advisory Council members advise foundation staff and board members regarding program development and implementation, potential partnerships, and other matters of significance to the organization’s mission to support innovative science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges.
Individuals representing diverse industries, geographic areas, and professional backgrounds were selected to serve on the Foundation's six Advisory Councils from a competitive pool of applicants nominated through an open solicitation. Each council member will serve two or three-year terms, and meet virtually three times per year.
Each Advisory Council is led by a Chair, appointed to facilitate discussion, build consensus and serve as a liaison to the Foundation’s board.

Advisory Council Membership

*Italicized names are Council Chairs 

Food System Innovation

Name Affiliation
Dan Azzara, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Kitty Cardwell, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
Henry Chin, Ph.D. The Coca-Cola Company (retired)
Bonnie Fernandez- Fenaroli, M.B.A. Center for Produce Safety
Priscila Henriquez, Ph.D. Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture
Maia Jack, Ph.D. American Beverage Association
Dr. Helen Jensen, Ph.D. Iowa State University
*Josette Lewis, Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Gary McMurray, M.S. Georgia Tech
Suresh Pillai, Ph.D. Texas A&M
Jeff Rosichan, Ph.D. AgTech Accelerator
Carolyn Ross, Ph.D. Washington State University
Joe Swedberg Hormel Foods (retired)


Nutrition and Healthy Food Choices

Name Affiliation
Wayne Campbell, Ph.D. Purdue University
Margaret Creedon Abbott Nutrition
Kate Fitzgerald Kate Fitzgerald Consulting
Naomi Fukagawa, M.D., Ph.D. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Eric Hentges, Ph.D. International Life Sciences Institute North America
Nicole Henretty Ilić, R.D., M.S. Edesia Nutrition
Dean Kopsell, Ph.D. University of Tennessee
Rob Post, Ph.D. Chobani
Lorrene Ritchie, Ph.D., R.D. University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ronda Rutledge, M.S. Sustainable Food Center
Maha Tahiri, Ph.D. General Mills
*Laurian Unnevehr, Ph.D. University of Illinois (emeritus)


Plant Efficiency

Name Affiliation
Diane Beckles, Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Gwyn Beattie, Ph.D. Iowa State University
Jane Dever, Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Nick Dokoozlian, Ph.D. E&J Gallo Winery
Dave Ertl, Ph.D. Iowa Corn Growers Association
Catherine Feuillet, Ph.D. Bayer Crop Science
Diana Jerkins, Ph.D. Organic Farming Research Foundation
Raj Khosla, Ph.D. Colorado State University
Stephen Long, Ph.D. University of Illinois
*Jonathan Lynch, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
Steve Padgette, Ph.D. Monsanto (retired)
Joyce Van Eck, Ph.D. Boyce Thompson Institute


Soil Health

Name Affiliation
Dennis Chessman, Ph.D. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Steve Culman, Ph.D. Ohio State University
Chad Ellis The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Nick Goeser, Ph.D. National Corn Growers Association
Shannon Gomes, M.S. Cedar Basin Crop Consulting
Timothy Griffin, Ph.D. Tufts University
*Doug Karlen, Ph.D. USDA Agricultural Research Service
Britt Lundgren, M.S. Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
Omololu (John) Idowu, Ph.D. New Mexico State University
Allison Thomson, M.S. Field to Market
Don Villwock Indiana Farm Bureau
Michele Wander, Ph.D. University of Illinois


Water Use

Name Affiliation
Dennis Carman Carman Professional Services PLLC
L. Jason Krutz, Ph.D. Mississippi State University
Mark Legan Legan Livestock & Grain, Inc.
Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D. University of Minnesota
John Pierson Georgia Institute of Technology Research Institute
Claudia Ringler, Ph.D. International Food Policy Research Institute.
Stephen Smith, Ph.D. Wade Water LLC
*Daniel Sonke, D.P.M. Campbell Soup Company
Charles West, Ph.D. Texas Tech University
Laosheng Wu, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside


Sustainable Farm Animal Productivity, Resilience, and Health

Name Affiliation
Sheila Andrew, Ph.D. University of Connecticut
Lisa Becton, D.V.M. National Pork Board
Sebastian Belle Maine Aquaculture Association; Econ-Aqua; TAAG
Barry Bradford, Ph.D. Kansas State University
D. Layne Coppock, Ph.D. Utah State University
Lauren Gwin, Ph.D. Oregon State University; Niche Meat Processor Assistant Network
G. Donald Ritter, D.V.M. Mountaire Farms
*Harvey Morgan Scott, D.V.M., Ph.D. Texas A&M University
John Smith, D.V.M. Fieldale Farms Corporation
Duane Theuninck, Ph.D. Cargill, Inc.
Alison Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. University of California, Davis