Claire Benjamin DiMattina
Food Policy Action
As Executive Director of D.C.-based Food Policy Action, DiMattina calls attention to the importance of policies that impact childhood nutrition, provide access to healthy food and support farmers. “This isn’t hippie back to the land stuff, people want to know where their food comes from and that it’s safe,” she says. She also educates politicians and makes them accountable with public scorecards that quantify how they’re voting on these critical issues. A 2014 race in Florida proves it’s working: “The incumbent had a lousy voting record on these issues, including offering an amendment to cut SNAP by $46 million, disproportionately impacting children, elderly and unemployed veterans. With our outreach we tested the theory that people would vote against a politician not upholding their values. And they did,” says DiMattina. Working with chef Tom Colicchio, a co-founder of the organization, DiMattina has also done an incredible job of leveraging chefs to help advocate for better food labeling and programs like summer meals for children.