Food and Health Research and Communications Expert Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling Joins IFIC as Vice President

Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling has been named Vice President at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation.

(Washington, D.C.)—Alexandra Lewin-Zwerdling has been named Vice President at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation.  She will lead the development of IFIC’s consumer insight research agenda and partnerships that support improved understanding of food, nutrition and health.    

Lewin-Zwerdling comes to IFIC after serving as Senior Advisor for the AARP Foundation’s Hunger Impact Team where she led nutrition and food security research and outreach efforts to advance the Foundation’s role in healthy eating among older adults.  She also served as Vice President of the Food, Health and Wellness Division at Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick where she managed day-to-day client relations, stakeholder engagement and public affairs strategy for a range of food, nutrition and public health clientele.

A native of New York, Lewin-Zwerdling received a bachelor’s of science degree in international agriculture and natural resources, a master’s in public administration, and a Ph.D. in nutrition (with an emphasis in public administration and epidemiology) all from Cornell University.  

“We are thrilled to have Alex join our team,” said Joseph Clayton, President and CEO of IFIC and the IFIC Foundation. “Her experience at the intersection of research, communications, nutrition and health will help us advance our consumer insight and science communications mission.”

“Understanding the consumer is essential to effective education, outreach and engagement, especially on issues like nutrition, food safety and sustainability,” Lewin-Zwerdling said. “For over thirty years, IFIC has worked to understand consumer attitudes and behaviors around food and to elevate the science behind our food system.  I’m looking forward to helping IFIC grow as the go-to resource for media, industry and stakeholders who seek consumer insights related to food, health and nutrition.”

IFIC also announced that registered dietitians Kris Sollid and Sarah Romotsky have each been promoted to Senior Director and will co-lead IFIC’s nutrition programs, including IFIC’s partnerships with professional health organizations.  Megan Meyer, who has a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, has been promoted to Director and will lead IFIC’s day-to-day science communications.  Registered dietitian Liz Sanders, who has a master’s in public health, has been promoted to Director and will play a key role in IFIC’s nutrition work and research partnerships.         

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