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Michael R. Dimock

President, Roots of Change

Michael Dimock has focused on food and agriculture since 1989. He is internationally recognized as a thought leader, organizer, and advocate for transformation of food and farming systems. He has been leading Roots of Change since 2006. In 1992, he founded Sunflower Strategies, where he began his work on community consensus building and strategic planning for healthier food and agriculture.  Michael sat on the board of Community Alliance with Family Farmers and served as its chairman in 1994 and 1995. In 2000, he became the first California Governor of Slow Food USA. In 2001, Michael graduated from the California Ag Leadership program, the nation’s most respected leadership development programs in the field. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors where he worked on international strategy. He was a political advanceman for California Governor Jerry Brown in his bid to become a US Senator in 1982. He has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.  Michael brings to the committee a deep understanding of food systems and food related policy as well as a massive network related to food and farming.

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