Food Systems Leadership


The Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership partners with external stakeholders to create a governance structure based on the concepts of shared leadership and collective action.  Our Stakeholders provide strategic options and subject matter expertise to enhance our leadership programs through two venues:

Executive Director’s Advisory Council

Members of the Advisory Council consist of global food systems subject matter experts and leaders from industry, government, academia, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Members meet formally twice a year, supplemented with ongoing virtual meetings.  Members work in an advisory role, providing assistance in fund raising, leadership development, networking, programmatic advisement, and/or the provision of expertise in the formation of policy and the building of communities of practice.

University Governance Group

The Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership (Endowed Chair for Global Food Systems Leadership) reports to a University Governance Group made up of the Vice President of the Academic Health Center and the Deans of the School of Public Health, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The University Governance Group approves the Initiative’s strategic plan and meets semi-annually with the initiative’s executive director to review progress on initiative goals and objectives.