Robert C. Post, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.Sc., is the Senior Director, Chobani Health and Wellness/Corporate Affairs, at CHOBANI, LLC, the leading yogurt manufacturer. He drives nutrition, health, and wellness strategies around the brand’s current and future offerings, and navigates critical H&W issues toward the goal of improving community health through access to better food for more people. He also leads initiatives in government affairs related to agriculture, food, and nutrition policies. To help Chobani reach its goal of universal wellness, he designs and uses research in nutritional/physical, social (including workplace), and environmental wellbeing to support innovation, and partners with health organizations to improve trends in diet and health-related community health.
Dr. Post previously served as key nutrition advisor to the former White House/First Lady’s Office and collaborator on the White House Let’s Move! initiative. He was the senior executive leading USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion where he established national dietary guidance, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, created USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library, as well as directed Federal nutrition promotion, creating the MyPlate (ChooseMyPlate.gov) initiative. Previously, he was an administrator at Federal food and nutrition regulatory agencies, led Federal labeling policy and food standards programs, and was an R&D scientist in the food sector.
He currently serves as an appointed advisor to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research; as a member of the National Academies of Medicine Food Forum Advisory Board; on American Society for Nutrition research advisory groups; on the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Trustees; and on the Board of Directors for the International Food Information Council, among other boards. From 2004 until 2012, Dr. Post was an adjunct professor in the Nutrition and Food Science Department at the University of Maryland.