Food Policy Action Announces New Executive Director
Seasoned policy strategist and government affairs executive Monica Mills to lead FPA
Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) announced that its board has selected Monica Mills as the organization’s new Executive Director. The announcement follows a six-month nationwide search. Mills will be responsible for managing and growing Food Policy Action and Food Policy Action Education Fund in their advocacy, political and education programs.
“We are extremely excited to have found a new Executive Director with the leadership, poise, and deep food and agriculture experience of Ms. Mills,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder, food policy advocate and chef. “This is a pivotal time for our food movement and we are confident that Monica can build on FPA’s historic successes and best prepare the organization to meet the enormous challenges ahead to protect and improve our nation’s food and agriculture system.”
Mills brings deep experience in food policy, electoral policy, communications and government affairs. When leading federal food and agriculture policy at Bread for the World as Director of Government Affairs, she was named “Top Grassroots Lobbyist” by The Hill three years in a row. Her organizational and fundraising skills have fostered growth for numerous nonprofit, political and government organizations including the Peace Corp as associate director and at the U.S. Department of Treasury as a senior official. Most recently, Mills graduated in May 2017 from Wesley Theological Seminary having completed her Master’s Degree in Theology.
“Monica is a well-respected warrior in our cause and will take our organization to new heights,” said FPA co-founder and board chair Ken Cook. “Having worked alongside her almost daily throughout the 2008 Farm Bill process in her capacity as Bread for the World’s Director of Government Affairs, I can attest to her policy acumen, coalition-building skills and effectiveness as a policy strategist and operative. We are delighted to have her at the helm of FPA.”
A native of South Dakota, Mills began her career in policy and politics working for Senators Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson.