Advisory Committees

CURRICULUM VITAE - Christopher Adams Waldrop



Director, Food Policy Institute
2007 - present
Consumer Federation of America
Washington, DC

  • Responsible for research, analysis, advocacy, media outreach and funding of all food policy activities.
  • Coordinates Safe Food Coalition, a broad coalition of consumer, trade union, and foodborne illness victim groups, to improve food safety at federal level.
  • Serves on board of Partnership for Food Safety Education, a non-profit organization of consumer groups, food trade associations and government agencies, dedicated to increasing food safety education among consumers.
  • Serves on board of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing federal funding for the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Develops, organizes and raises funds for annual two-day food policy conference.
  • Delegate to the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue which works to harmonize consumer protection laws in U.S. and European Union through cooperative lobbying efforts of consumer groups from both U.S. and E.U.

Deputy Director, Food Policy Institute
2003 - 2006
Consumer Federation of America
Washington, DC

  • Advocated in Congress and at federal agencies for a safer, healthier and more affordable food supply. Researched numerous issues concerning U.S. food policy.
  • Featured frequently in national media on various food and nutrition issues. Quoted by Associated Press, Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight and other outlets.
  • Co-authored report analyzing USDA’s Listeria rule-making and suggesting ways to better protect the public from foodborne illness (December 2004).
  • Developed, organized and raised funds for annual two-day food policy conference for three years.
  • Served on editorial advisory board for industry publication Food Traceability Report.

Community Health Educator
1999 - 2001
United States Peace Corps
Ghana, West Africa

  • Working closely with three separate villages, incorporated essential elements of a comprehensive health education program aimed at increasing the overall health and sanitation of communities. Simultaneously designed, managed, and implemented multiple community projects towards this goal.
  • Fundamentally improved levels of health among community members. Increased knowledge of communicable diseases and protective measures to avoid disease.
  • Evaluated and re-designed Peace Corps’ Health Education program in Ghana. Created program goals, objectives and guidelines to incorporate a more expansive health agenda.
  • Designed training curriculum and relevant modules for incoming Peace Corps Volunteers. Established guidelines for utilizing community mobilization techniques in health education programs.


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

  • Master of Public Health; obtained degree while working full-time.

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

  • B.A., Advertising; graduated Cum Laude.


  • 2009, Committee to Review the Methodology Proposed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for Risk-based Regulation of In-Commerce Activities, National Academy of Sciences

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