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Board Member

Eric J. Steiner

Eric is a government affairs professional with 15+ years of experience in complex food and agriculture legislation and regulation. He’s been recognized by C-suite leaders for delivering value by combining business and cultural acumen to lead teams and build coalitions while working across party lines. Eric was named to The Hill's Top Lobbyists in 2021 and 2022.

Eric worked on two farm bills while serving three U.S. Senators in leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, as professional staff and later as senior professional staff for nutrition assistance programs, international food aid, dairy, and farm credit. He served two Secretaries of Agriculture as a political appointee at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service as Associate Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs and later as Chief of Staff. Eric worked in government affairs for Kraft Foods, Elanco Animal Health, the National Association of Wheat Growers, and the American Forest & Paper Association. He began his career in D.C. as a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.

Eric grew up on a small diversified crop and livestock farm near Berne, Indiana. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from Purdue University, a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law, and a Certificate of Management Excellence from the Harvard Business School. His international experience includes study abroad in Honduras (summer), Poland (semester), and South Africa (semester), and he’s visited 19 countries (7 for work).

Eric lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and their two children. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center, the Purdue University College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, and he freelances as a family portrait, headshot, and award-winning nature photographer.

Eric’s personal vision: “To build bridges between all people to ensure adequate food for our world.”