Tufts Nutrition Council

Micah Risk speaks to collaborators at a meeting
The Tufts Nutrition Council's first meeting was full of incredible energy and knowledge sharing about the most pressing issues in nutrition science and policy. Members on the council support the missions of both the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Launched in Spring 2016, the Tufts Nutrition Council (TNC) is a volunteer leadership group for the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), the two institutions that together form Tufts Nutrition. The TNC brings together volunteer leaders from diverse backgrounds who share our passion for nutrition and health, with a particular focus on how our food and food systems influence our communities, our environment, our families and ourselves.

The goal of the TNC is to build a circle of key friends, supporters, and ambassadors who will help us achieve our shared aims for positive impact while also enjoying the great experience of a close relationship with a premier nutrition institution. We seek members who are passionate about what we eat and grow, whether for health, food systems, equity, or sustainability; and who believe in supporting and leveraging our broad vision and mission with their time, expertise, resources, and/or network of friends and colleagues.


  • Joshua Anthony - VP, Global Nutrition, Campbell Soup Company
  • Safi Bahcall - Founder, Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp
  • Wendy Behr, N15 - VP, Coffee and Packaging Innovation, Keurig, Dr Pepper Inc.
  • JoAnn Bendetson, J80, AG91 - Community Volunteer; Board Member, Tufts University International Board of Advisors – HNRCA Campaign Committee
  • Joel Berg - CEO, Hunger Free America
  • Gary Bergstrom - Sr. Consultant & Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management
  • Richard Black - Most recently, VP, Global R&D Nutrition Sciences, Pepsico, Inc.; Currently, Consultant
  • Bob Blancato – President, Matz, Blancato & Associates
  • Paul Coates - Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
  • Emma Coles - Co-Founder, Be Vitality
  • Mary Kay Crepinsek, N84 - Field Practice Analyst, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Helene Fuchs, AG75 - Principal, Helene Fuchs Associates
  • Nicolas Gausserès - Global Nutrition Director, Danone Research – HNRCA Campaign Committee
  • Haewook Han, N00 - Renal Nutrition Specialist, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
  • Dirk Hondmann - Chief Scientific Officer, Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Kelly Horton, N05 - North America Policy Director, Mars, Incorporated
  • Andrew Ive - Managing Director, Big Idea Ventures
  • Michael Jacobson - Co-founder and Senior Scientist, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Patricia Kearney, N78, AG81 - President & CEO, PMK Associates, Inc.
  • Ann McDermott, N02 - Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
  • Denise Morrison - President and CEO, Campbell Soup Company
  • Sean O'Sullivan - Founding Manager, Director SOSV
  • Barbara Rose - Executive Director, Aid for Africa
  • Ronenn Roubenoff - Global Translational Medicine Head, Musculoskeletal Diseases, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research – Co-chair HNRCA Campaign Committee
  • Sylvia Rowe - President, SR Strategy
  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson - President, AARP Foundation
  • Nabil Sakkab - Board Chairman, Biowish
  • Andrew Shao, N96, NG00 - Regulatory & Policy Science Director, Amway/Nutrilite
  • Dan Silverstein - Strategic Advisor, Heuristic Management
  • Paolo Suter - Head Physician, Director, University Hospital Zurich, Nestle Foundation
  • Shawn Taher - Vice President Taher, Inc,  Food Service – HNRCA Campaign Committee
  • Latham Thomas - Founder, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert, Mama Glow
  • Brooks Tingle - President and Chief Executive Officer, John Hancock Insurance
  • Katya Tsaioun, NG99 - Director, Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (EBTC)
  • Abby Usen, N03 - MS, RD, LDN, Live Nutrition
  • Judy Usen, N02P - Registered Dietitian, Retired
  • Karen Voci - President, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation
  • Michael Wagner - President & CEO, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
  • Eugene Willemsen - EVP, Global Categories & Franchise Management, PepsiCo
  • Jeffrey Zurofsky - CEO and co-founder 'wichcraft, No Small Plans LLC