Jerold Mande, MPH

Jerold Mande

Jerold Mande, MPH is professor of the practice at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where he is leading an initiative on food policy change to impact public health. Jerold understands that just supplying people with the right nutrition information is not enough to ensure a healthy public. Beyond issues of personal responsibility, real change in public health requires changing our food environment. Jerold brings a wealth of experience in public health and nutrition to the job. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as deputy under secretary for food safety, and after two years transitioned to focusing on making our national feeding programs healthier. Before that, he was an associate director at the Yale Cancer Center, and on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the commissioner of FDA, he helped shape national policy on nutrition, food safety, and tobacco, and he led the design of the Nutrition Facts label that now appears on virtually all packaged foods. Following his tenure at FDA, Jerold served on the White House staff as a health policy advisor, and he was deputy assistant secretary for occupational health at the Department of Labor. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Al Gore in the U.S. House and Senate, managing Gore's health and environment agenda. Among his achievements is the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for his work on the Nutrition Facts food label. (Boston, MA)