Kate J. Houston, M.S., is director of government relations and policy for Cargill, Inc., a global producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products and services based in Wayzata, Minnesota. Ms. Houston advises Cargill’s food and ingredient businesses on critical issues in food safety and nutrition—two public health imperatives important to Cargill’s long-term success. Houston also served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services mission area, and as a policy advisor to the House of Representative’s Education and the Workforce Committee under the leadership of John A. Boehner where she worked to enact bipartisan legislation reauthorizing Child Nutrition and WIC Programs, Head Start, and the Older American Act. She is a Board Member of the Congressional Hunger Center, The International Food Information Council, and Common Threads DC, a non-profit organization preventing obesity by teaching low-income children to cook healthy meals. She holds degrees from Tulane University and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.