Plenary Speakers

Lunch Plenary on Sunday, March 1, 2020

20/20 Vision for the Next Decade: Challenges and opportunities for the anti-hunger movement

FRAC’s new president Luis Guardia and Feeding America’s CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot will share their visions and inspiration for advancing the anti-hunger movement’s agenda in 2020 and beyond.

Keynote Plenary on Monday, March 2, 2020

Elevating Hunger and Poverty during the election cycle and in the public discourse

Our keynote lunch plenary on Monday, March 2 will be moderated by Dan Glickman, executive director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Member of Congress. The lineup will include Maya Wiley, legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and University Professor at The New School, and Bruce Mehlman, co-founder of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy in the George W. Bush Administration.

Breakfast Plenary on Monday, March 2, 2020

only female pediatrician in congress to keynote breakfast plenary

Rep. Kim Schrier, M.D., (D-WA) will address attendees during the Breakfast Plenary on March 2, from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. in the Regency Ballroom. As a pediatrician, she has a unique understanding of the needs and struggles facing families. The Congresswoman will share her perspective on the importance of federal nutrition programs in improving and supporting food security, health, and well-being across the lifespan of low-income people. As a member of both the House Education and Labor and the House Agriculture Committees, she will provide valuable  insight on priorities for protecting  and strengthening child nutrition programs and SNAP.


“This is ‘the big show’ for anyone working to end hunger in America. I’ve been attending for a decade, and I’m still learning something new every time. It’s easy to develop tunnel vision in our work; the policy conference opens up my thinking, and reminds me that I am part of a national movement. It can be frustrating building progress in what feel like regressive times. The policy conference renews my commitment, and reminds me how many others share it.”
JC Dwyer, Chief Strategy Officer, Feeding Texas