Named Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety
USAgNet - 07/10/2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Jerold R.
Mande, M.P.H., as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA). In this position, Mande will have
responsibility for Food Safety, the USDA agency which protects public health
through food safety and defense by ensuring that the nation's supply of meat,
poultry and processed egg products are safe and wholesome.
"Jerold Mande brings years of experience in health, nutrition and
epidemiology, food safety, and public policy in both government and academia
that will greatly serve USDA and the public as we continue to work to protect
public health," said Vilsack.
Most recently, as Associate Director for Public Policy at the Yale Cancer
Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Mande developed a national model
to increase support for cancer prevention and control, including diet,
exercise, and obesity. He also initiated and helped manage the cancer center
disparities program, to improve cancer control and care in underserved
populations. He was also a lecturer in public health, and helped train select
groups of physicians for careers in public policy.
Prior to this, Mande served on the White House staff as a health policy
adviser where he helped lead key food safety, tobacco control and cancer
initiatives, including expansion of FoodNet and PulseNet. He was Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Occupational Health at the U.S, Department of Labor.
He also served as Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner
of the Food and Drug and Administration, where he led design of the Nutrition
Facts food label, for which he received the Presidential Award for Design
Excellence. Mande began his distinguished career in the U.S. Congress where
he was first hired to work on food safety legislation.
Mande holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (M.P.H. Nutrition and
Epidemiology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a
Bachelor of Science Degree, magna cum laude (B.S. with Distinction in Nutritional
Sciences) from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also attended the
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, completing a
Program for Senior Managers in Government.