Expert Participants

Mitchell Zeller

As director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller leads FDA’s efforts to reduce disease and death from tobacco use and bring previously unavailable information about its dangers to light. Zeller is dedicated to carrying out CTP’s charge to reduce the harm from all tobacco products across the entire population—with a focus on how Read More…

Robin Koval

Robin Koval is CEO and President of Truth Initiative®, the national public health organization dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. An acclaimed leader in the advertising and marketing world, and New York Times best-selling author, Koval joined Truth Initiative in 2013.  She led the successful 2014 re-launch of the award-winning Read More…

Pat McCrory

Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor of North Carolina on January 5, 2013. McCrory was raised in Guilford County, North Carolina. He earned degrees in education and political science from Catawba College. McCrory was elected mayor of Charlotte in 1995 and went on to serve a record seven terms. He received a presidential appointment Read More…

Christine Gregoire

Chris Gregoire served as Washington’s 22nd Governor from 2004 to 2013 and was a tireless champion for the people of the state, their livelihoods and the communities in which they reside. Within her first 100 days in office, Governor Gregoire laid out ambitious plans to overhaul the state’s education system to help students build a Read More…

Stuart Altman

Dr. Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, is an economist with five decades of experience working closely with issues of federal and state health policy within government, the private sector, and academia. He has demonstrated leadership in health care through Read More…

Ana Sortun

If speaking French is one way to lay the foundations of a cooking career, the two years Seattle native Ana Sortun spent in her local L’Ecole Francaise were well invested. Fluent in French before 20, Sortun moved to Paris, attending La Varenne École de Cuisine and worked as a stagiare. Sortun credits her travels abroad Read More…

David Bennell

David Bennell is the North American Manager of Food, Land and Water for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD.org) where he focuses on Climate Smart agriculture and global food systems reform (FReSH). He’s worked for Microsoft, REI and LL Bean in leadership development, product development and sourcing positions. His career also includes working Read More…

Joanne Kenen

Joanne Kenen is POLITICO Pro’s executive health care editor. Kenen has covered everything from Haitian voodoo festivals to U.S. presidential campaigns. (Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.) Since arriving in Washington in 1994, she has focused on health policy and health politics. She joined POLITICO in September 2011. Kenen got the newspaper bug in Read More…