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Meet the plenary speakers

We’ve got a dynamite lineup of keynote speakers at this year’s conference.

Tuesday, March 16: Opening Plenary
Fighting Hunger, Economic Insecurity, and Racism in America

  • Janie Simms Hipp, CEO, Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center
  • Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, Feeding America
  • Helena Bottemiller Evich, Food and Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO

Tuesday, March 16: Spotlight
Biden-Harris Rescue and Recovery Response to COVID-19

  • Jared Bernstein, Member, White House Council of Economic Advisors
  • Stacy Dean, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Wednesday, March 17: Keynote Address

  • USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack

Wednesday, March 17 Spotlight
Congressional Reauthorization of the Federal Child Nutrition Programs

  • Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member John Boozman (R-AR)

“This is ‘the big show’ for anyone working to end hunger in America. I’ve been attending for a decade, and I’m still learning something new every time. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision in our work; the policy conference opens up my thinking, and reminds me that I am part of a national movement. It can be frustrating building progress in what feel like regressive times. The policy conference renews my commitment, and reminds me how many others share it.”
JC Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer, Feeding Texas