This week, nonprofit consumer organization Consumer Reports announced the welcoming of a new director of food policy—Brian Ronholm, former Deputy Under Secretary, Food Safety, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS).
In his new Washington D.C.-based role, Ronholm will lead Consumer Reports’ advocacy efforts to advance a safe and healthy food system. His food policy experience is deeply rooted in legislation and regulation.
“I am thrilled to be joining Consumer Reports, which has an extraordinary history of science-based advocacy on food issues, and an outstanding reputation as a trusted resource for consumers, policymakers, and industry. By combining the voices of consumers with the power of CR’s research and testing, we will work for a food system that puts the health and safety of families first. We must work together to reduce foodborne illness rates, ensure that our food systems are safe and transparent and that consumers are informed when making the best choices for themselves and their families. I’m proud to be joining this team to enhance this legacy and help empower a new generation of consumers.”
Prior to joining Consumer Reports, Ronholm was the senior director of regulatory policy at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 9 months. Before that, he held the same job title at Arent Fox for just over 2 years. For nearly 6 years prior, Ronholm worked with USDA FSIS. And before that, he spent 5 years as an Agriculture Appropriations Associate for the U.S. Office of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). There, he managed and coordinated activities involving key legislative initiatives for food and nutrition issues.