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The Partnership for a Healthier America is proud to announce the 2016 Building a Healthier Future Summit speakers. Keynote speakers will be announced as they are added to our program. Breakout speakers can be found below and additions will continue to be made in the coming months.

Breakout Session Speakers
Jessica Almy
Senior Nutrition Policy Counsel
Center for Science in the Public Interest
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Senior Nutrition Policy Counsel
Center for Science in the Public Interest
Jessica Almy advocates for better nutrition policies and works with the food industry to improve policies and practices. Prior to joining CSPI in 2013, she worked as an attorney at the public interest firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, representing nonprofit clients in litigation. Almy holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and an MS from Tufts University, and is a member of state and federal bars in New York and the District of Columbia.

Twitter: @JessicaAlmy, @CSPI
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cspinet/

Dr. Susan Canizares
Chief Academic Officer
Learning Care Group
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Chief Academic Officer
Learning Care Group
Susan Canizares, PhD, is a noted authority on early childhood education with more than 20 years of leadership experience in educational publishing. She holds a doctorate in language and literacy development from Fordham University and a master’s degree in special education from New York University. As CAO, she led development of Learning Care Group’s proprietary School Readiness Pathway and of its educational programs supporting learning from infancy to school-age.

Twitter: @TheLearningCare

Curt Ellis
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
FoodCorps
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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
FoodCorps
Curt Ellis found his passion for food and agriculture in Oregon, where he grew up, and at Yale, before moving to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic. The film he co-created there, King Corn, received a national theatrical release and PBS broadcast, helped drive policy discussion around the Farm Bill, and earned a George Foster Peabody Award. Ellis also directed Big River, a sequel to King Corn, for Discovery’s Planet Green. He is a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur and a recipient of the Heinz Award.


Twitter: @FoodCorps
Instagram: @FoodCorps
Facebook: www.facebook.com/foodcorps

Erica Flint
Registered Dietitian
Kwik Trip, Inc.
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Registered Dietitian
Kwik Trip, Inc.
Erica Flint is a Registered Dietitian working in Food Research and Development for Kwik Trip, Inc., located in La Crosse, WI. With a desire to bring healthy food and beverage options to the convenience store industry, Flint leads Kwik Trip’s EatSmart and Healthy Concession programs, which direct guests toward healthy food and beverage offerings. She is also responsible for managing the partnership between Kwik Trip and the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Drink Up Initiative.
Jeff Foster
Managing Principal
GGLO
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Managing Principal
GGLO
Over the past 28 years, Jeff Foster has focused on designing active and healthy buildings and neighborhoods. He looks for opportunities that are transformational – that is, those that create community. He has been managing the planning and integrated design of large-scale, mixed-use communities in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Foster is the former chair of his city’s Planning Commission and serves on ULI Seattle’s Housing Affordability Task Force and the national affordable/Workforce Housing Product Council.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jefffostergglo

Jeremy Irish
CEO & Co-Founder
Geocaching
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CEO & Co-Founder
Geocaching
Jeremy Irish is one of three co-founders of Geocaching HQ, a Seattle-based company powering the global, high-tech, treasure-hunting phenomenon known as geocaching. Prior to this, he worked as a Mandarin Cryptologic Linguist for the U.S. Air Force and as a project manager, technologist, e-commerce developer and web developer for a number of companies, including General Electric. As the current CEO of Geocaching HQ, Irish continues to be deeply passionate about driving his company’s mission to “inspire and enable Discovery, Exploration and Adventure.”
Phil Lempert
CEO Consumer Insights & Editor
SupermarketGuru.com
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CEO Consumer Insights & Editor
SupermarketGuru.com
As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. For 20-plus years, he has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcasing new products. He also makes regular appearances on ABC’s The View, FOX Business, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC and FOX. He hosted the syndicated show Shopping Smart on the WOR Radio Network and now co-hosts the weekly Lost in the Supermarket podcast on iTunes.

@PhilLempert
www.facebook.com/SupermarketGuru

Evan Morgan
Partner
Revolution Growth
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Partner
Revolution Growth
Evan Morgan joined Revolution Growth in 2011. He serves on the Board of Echo360 and as a Board Observer at Optoro, Revolution Foods and Sweetgreen. Prior to joining Revolution, he was an Associate at The Carlyle Group and a member of the U.S. Growth Capital team. Morgan received his BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and was born and raised in Washington, D.C.
Caitlin Morris
Senior Director or North America Community Impact
Nike, Inc
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Senior Director of North America Community Impact
Nike, Inc
Caitlin Morris is the Senior Director of North America Community Impact for Nike, Inc., which is dedicated to unleashing human potential by enabling and inspiring youth participation in sports, active play and increased levels of physical activity. A 12-year veteran of Nike, Inc., Morris has held various leadership positions in Corporate Communications and Sustainable Business and Innovation. Prior to joining Nike, Inc., she spent seven years at Mattel, Inc., working in corporate responsibility and international government affairs.
Andrew Nodes
Business Development Lead
Instacart
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Business Development Lead
Instacart
Andrew Nodes leads Business Development for Instacart on the East Coast, working with national, regional and local retailers. By developing partnerships between Instacart and retailers, and managing key accounts, Andrew helps grocers achieve maximum value from the Instacart platform and offerings. Prior to joining Instacart, Nodes was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney concentrating on the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. Previously, he worked for BearingPoint and Hilltop Advisors. Nodes holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, and a BSBA (magna cum laude) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Christine Pollei
CEO
Marathon Kids
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CEO
Marathon Kids
Christine is the Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Kids and has spent the last 10 years effectively informing and transitioning organizations of all types and sizes. An experienced multi-sector change manager, Christine is fluent in establishing processes to identify, develop and solicit alternative funding sources and revenue streams, as well as developing sustainable growth models.
Stephen Ritz
Green Educator & Innovator; Founder
The Green Bronx Machine
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Green Educator & Innovator; Founder
The Green Bronx Machine
Global Teacher Prize finalist Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx-based educator and innovator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their communities to live, learn and earn in a better one. By introducing green technologies into his classrooms, he has raised attendance rates from 40 percent to 93 percent and affected outcomes in unprecedented ways. He most recently designed the first National Health, Wellness & Learning Center in a 100-year-old building in the South Bronx — a model he has now begun to replicate and export internationally to communities in need.

Twitter: @greenBXmachine
Facebook: Green Bronx Machine

Andrew Rundle, DrPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director of the Built Environment and Health Research Group
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
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Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director of the Built Environment and Health Research Group
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Dr. Andrew Rundle is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health. His research focuses on the determinants of sedentary lifestyles and obesity and the health-related consequences of these conditions. Dr. Rundle co-directs the Built Environment and Health Research Group (beh.columbia.edu), a trans-disciplinary team of researchers studying how neighborhood built and social environments influence health — particularly physical activity and obesity risk.
Pooja Sarin Tandon, MD, MPH
Pediatrician & Researcher, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Assistant Professor University of Washington
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Pediatrician & Researcher, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Dr. Pooja Tandon is a pediatrician and researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Tandon attended Brown University for her undergraduate education and medical school, and completed residency training at the Boston Combined Program in Pediatrics (Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center). While she continues clinical practice, her research interests include studying and intervening on social and environmental determinants of children’s health, in particular childhood obesity. Her current projects focus on studying the connection between outdoor play, physical activity and various health and development outcomes in preschool age children.

Twitter: @seattlechildrens
Instagram: @seattlechildrens
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seattlechildrens

Ashley Tyrner
Founder & CEO
Farmbox Direct
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Founder & CEO
Farmbox Direct
Ashley Tyrner is the founder and CEO of Farmbox Direct, a subscription box company that offers an innovative twist on the traditional CSA or Farmer’s Market. Farmbox Direct makes healthy, locally grown foods accessible to everyone in the continental U.S. From food stamp recipient to CEO of a thriving company, Tyrner is authentically driven on a mission to eradicate America’s food deserts.

Twitter: @farmboxdirect
Instagram: @farmboxdirect
Facebook: www.facebook.com/farmbox-direct

Kelly Weikel
Director, Consumer Insights
Technomic, Inc.
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Director, Consumer Insights
Technomic, Inc.
Kelly Weikel uses her background in psychology to understand the “why” behind consumer decisions. Her focus is on uncovering the underlying consumer needs and motivations that shape foodservice behaviors and attitudes. Weikel leads Technomic’s syndicated consumer research practice, works with clients creating multi-sponsored, custom ad-hoc and full-service research solutions and is a frequent speaker at industry seminars and conferences. She holds a BA in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and is currently attending Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for her MBA, with a concentration in Marketing and Social Enterprise.

Dr. Randy Woodson
Chancellor
NC State University
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Chancellor
NC State University
Dr. Randy Woodson, chancellor of North Carolina State University, is a nationally recognized scholar and academic leader. Under his leadership, NC State has built upon its reputation as a preeminent research institution. Chancellor Woodson came to NC State from Purdue University, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Woodson is an internationally renowned plant molecular biologist specializing in reproductive processes in agricultural crops. He earned his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from the University of Arkansas and his MS and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology from Cornell University.