Mike Taylor, 2017 Guest Lecturer, The Robert Leader Endowed Lecture

Mike Taylor is an independent consultant, a senior fellow at the Meridian Institute in Washington, D.C, and an advisor to the Food and Society Program at the Aspen Institute.  His primary interest is food safety and food security in Africa and other developing regions.

Until June 1, 2016, Mr. Taylor was Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration.  He led the comprehensive overhaul of FDA’s food safety program Congress mandated in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 and oversaw all of FDA’s food-related activities, including its nutrition, labeling, food additive, dietary supplement, and animal drug programs.

Mr. Taylor served previously at FDA as a staff attorney and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy (under Commissioner David Kessler) and at USDA as Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service and Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety (under Secretary Dan Glickman).  Prior to joining FDA in July 2009, he spent nearly a decade conducting public health policy research, most recently at George Washington University’s School of Public Health, and also served as a Senior Fellow at the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, where he conducted research on U.S. policies affecting agricultural development and food security in Africa.  

In the private sector, Mr. Taylor founded the food and drug practice and was a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding, was Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Company, and served on the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger and RESOLVE, Inc.