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The Governor-appointed PA Food Policy Council brings together a statewide team that consists of a 9-person interagency Council as well as a 16-seat Advisory Committee that represents the talent and diversity of our state's food system. Governor Shapiro also appointed Dawn Plummer to be the council's first director in February 2022.

The council will meet at least quarterly. Meetings are open to the public and meeting agendas are posted on the homepage at

Pennsylvania Food Policy Council Members

    • Dawn Plummer Director, Pennsylvania Food Policy Council
    • Jason Kavulich, Secretary, PA Department of Aging
    • Russell Redding, Secretary, PA Department of Agriculture (PDA)
    • Rick Siger, Secretary, PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)
    • Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. Secretary, PA Department of Education (PDE)
    • Richard Negrin, Secretary, PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
    • Dr. Debra L. Bogen, Secretary, PA Department of Health (DOH)
    • Valerie A. Arkoosh, Secretary, PA Department of Human Services (DHS)
    • Nancy A. Walker, Secretary, PA Department of Labor & Industry (L&I)

Pennsylvania Food Policy Council Advisory Committee Members

​Joanna “Jo” Deming, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
*Seat 1 - Regional Food Policy Council Representative
​Erica Mines, Manager, Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council
*Seat 2 - Regional Food Policy Council Representative
​Susan Dalandan, Coordinator, Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council
​*Seat 3 - Regional Food Policy Council Representative
​Chris Keetch, Director of Produce & Floral, The GIANT Company
​*Seat 4 - Food Retailer/Manufacturer
​Denele Hughson, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh
​*Seat 5 - Urban Agriculture Organization
​Andy Bater, District 6 Board Director, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
​*Seat 6 - Statewide Farmer Organization
​Ken Regal, Executive Director, Just Harvest
​*Seat 7 - Food Security Organization
​Shea S. Saman, Interim CEO, Feeding Pennsylvania
​*Seat 8 - Statewide Charitable Food Organization
​Sheila Christopher, Executive Director, Hunger-Free PA
​*Seat 9 - Statewide Charitable Food Organization
​Brett Reinford, Dairy Farm Operator, Reinford Farms
​Seat 10 - Food Waste Organization
​Mark Edwards, Executive Director, The Food Trust
​Seat 11 - Health and/or Nutrition Organization
​Brian Campbell, Brian Campbell Farm
​Seat 12 - PA PASS Farmer
​Megan Schaper, Food Service Supervisor, State College Area School District
​Seat 13 - School Nutrition Expert
​Desi Burnette, Statewide Coordinator, Movement of Immigrant Leaders of Pennsylvania 
​Seat 14 - Expert on Immigration & Workforce Topics
​Patty Bennett, Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator, USDA Food & Nutrition Service 
​Seat 15 - Representative of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service
Martin Bucknavage, Senior Food Safety Extension Associate, Penn State Extension
Seat 16 - Representative from Penn State Extension