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Debra Eschmeyer

FOOD POLICY EXPERT

  • Senior Fellow and Head of Innovation, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University
  • Former Executive Director of First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Initiative and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition
  • Co-Founder, FoodCorps, nonprofit now in 500 schools in 18 states

Food systems expert committed to making healthy, sustainable, and delicious food available to all.

Debra Eschmeyer is a food systems expert who has dedicated her career to making safe, healthy, delicious food available to all, while restoring the connections between food, community, land, and place. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Head of Innovation at the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. She is the former Executive Director of First Lady Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. Prior to serving in the White House, she co-founded FoodCorps, a national nonprofit that places AmeriCorps leaders into schools to connect kids to healthy food. While growing FoodCorps into over 500 schools in 18 states, she started a vegetable farm in her hometown in rural Ohio. Eschmeyer was selected as one of “The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by Fortune and Food & Wine. She is also a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award and the Xavier University Magis Award.