The International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, the nation’s leading charitable organization dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating the science of health, nutrition, and food safety for the public good, announced that Kimberly Reed has been promoted to President of the Foundation.

“Over the past six years, Kim’s distinguished leadership and resourcefulness have helped grow the IFIC Foundation in stature as well as resources.  Her tireless efforts – from hosting global summits to launching educational initiatives – have been a driving force in extending the Foundation’s impact to millions of people in the U.S. and around the world,” said IFIC Foundation CEO David B. Schmidt.

“On behalf of the IFIC Foundation Board of Trustees, I congratulate Kim on her new role as President of the Foundation and look forward to her continued leadership in the years ahead,” said Dr. Robert B. Gravani, IFIC Foundation chairman and professor of food science at Cornell University.

“Collaborating with health and nutrition experts, educators, government officials, journalists, NGOs, and global food, beverage, and agricultural industry professionals, I am excited to lead the IFIC Foundation into its 25th anniversary year,” said Reed.

“As the world’s population grows from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, food-related issues will only continue to grow in importance as one the most significant challenges of our time.  I look forward to working with our talented staff and credible partners to build science-based solutions and understanding.”

Reed has nearly 20 years of experience at senior levels in the public and private sectors.  Joining the IFIC Foundation in 2009 as Executive Director, Kim will continue to serve at its related association, the International Food Information Council, as senior vice president for, membership, international relations and strategic initiatives, and on the Advisory Council of the International Center of Excellence in Food Risk Communication.

Kim currently serves on national boards including the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, and American Swiss Foundation. In 2012, she was named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She served on the Board of Trustees of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 2007 to 2014.

Previously she was senior adviser to U.S. Treasury secretaries Henry M. Paulson Jr. and John W. Snow; director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s sole grant program, the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund; counsel to three congressional committees with the U.S. House of Representatives; and vice president for Financial Markets Policy Relations at Lehman Brothers in New York.

Originally from Buckhannon, W. Va., Kim earned a law degree from West Virginia University College of Law and a dual undergraduate degree in biology and government, with a minor in chemistry, from West Virginia Wesleyan College.