For Immediate Release Contact: Sara Sciammacco, email@example.com Seasoned Food and Agriculture Policy Expert to Manage FPA Washington, D.C. — Claire Benjamin, a seasoned Washington expert on food and agriculture policy, has been named managing director of Food Policy Action, the national organization’s board announced today. Benjamin will be responsible for managing FPA’s day-to-day operations, updating and providing…
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Washington, D.C. — Claire Benjamin, a seasoned Washington expert on food and agriculture policy, has been named managing director of Food Policy Action, the national organization’s board announced today.
Benjamin will be responsible for managing FPA’s day-to-day operations, updating and providing analysis for its National Food Policy Scorecard, overseeing the group’s advocacy and fundraising efforts and handling social media outreach.
“We’re thrilled that Claire will be leading our team as we continue our work to reform our broken food and farm system,” said FPA board chair Ken Cook. “Claire has been a champion for a wide range of policies that support family farmers and sustainable farming. She is highly regarded by all of her peers and very well equipped to advise and guide us through the political thickets of congressional food and farm policy.”
Prior to joining FPA, Benjamin spent nine years working on federal food and agriculture policy on Capitol Hill. Most recently, she served as legislative director and senior advisor for Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and was instrumental in drafting the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act, which aims to increase access to healthy food and promote local agriculture.
“Claire has been a fantastic partner over the last five years in our work to make common sense reforms to federal agriculture policy,” said Rep. Pingree “She is a tireless and impassioned advocate for improving our food system so it works better for everyone. I’m excited to see her go to such an important organization as Food Policy Action, where her commitment and savvy can continue to push the movement forward.”
A native Vermonter, Benjamin also served on the staff of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). She is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Launched last year, FPA was created to highlight the importance of policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, protect public health and the environment, reduce food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems and treat farm animals humanely.
FPA promotes these policies through education and the publication of its annual scorecard. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, FPA board members will release the 2013 National Food Policy Scorecard at a press conference at Graffiato restaurant in Washington, D.C. The scorecard will rate lawmakers of the 113th Congress on food and farm votes taken in the first session.
“Claire’s work will be critical in increasing transparency in the legislative process and holding all of our elected leaders accountable for their food and farm votes,” said Cook. “The public should know when their lawmakers cast votes that hurt farmers, slash funding for hungry families or weaken food safety laws.”