Opening Keynote Speaker: Michele Simon, JD, MPH

Michele Simon, JD, MPH, author, Appetite for Profit & executive director, Plant Based Foods Association

Michele Simon, JD, MPH, author, Appetite for Profit & executive director, Plant Based Foods Association

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer who has been researching and writing about the food industry and food politics since 1996. She has written extensively on the politics of food, and her first book, Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back, was published by Nation Books in 2006. NYU Professor Marion Nestle (who calls the book “brilliant”) has made it required reading for her nutrition students.

After years of researching and writing about what’s wrong with the food system, Michele decided to offer her services to food and beverage companies trying to do the right thing. She offers legal advice on federal regulatory compliance for labeling and marketing, among other services.

She is also executive director of the Plant Based Foods Association, a trade group representing the nation's leading plant-based foods companies. She is admitted to practice law in California, working "of counsel" to Handel Food Law. Simon has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.