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Marianne Smith Edge, M.S., R.D., L.D., FADA

Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety
International Food Information Council


Photo of Marianne Smith Edge Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA is Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization that effectively communicates sound, science-based information on nutrition and food safety to health professionals, educators, government officials, journalists and consumers.

In her role at IFIC, Smith Edge is responsible for directing the nutrition and food safety initiatives of the organization as well as serves as IFIC’s spokesperson on various nutrition, food safety and health issues.

In addition to being a registered dietitian, Smith Edge is also an experienced communicator, strategic planner, and facilitator with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining IFIC, she has been the owner of MSE and Associates, LLC providing strategic nutrition consulting services for the food and healthcare industry, as well as commodity groups. Smith Edge’s expertise includes strategic positioning of nutritional products/services, nutrition communications, healthy aging and food allergies. She is a nationally recognized speaker in health, wellness and farm-to-table issues.

Smith Edge is a past president of The American Dietetic Association (ADA), immediate past chair of the ADA Ethics Committee and currently chairs the ADA EAL Agriculture and Food Biotechnology workgroup. She received the ADA Medallion Award in 2009. Smith Edge is also a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT) and serves on the Dietary Guidelines Tactical Solutions Committee. She currently is serving her second term on the USDA National Research, Extension, Education, & Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Smith Edge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University. In August 2009, she earned a certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

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