The White House has announced the appointment of Debra Eschmeyer as the executive director of the Let’s Move! initiative and as senior policy advisor for nutrition policy, a position previously held by Sam Kass, who departed in December to live full time in New York City.
“For more than a decade, Deb has been leading the way in teaching kids about the importance of healthy eating,” says First Lady Michelle Obama. “From classrooms and gardens to kitchens and farms, Deb has made learning about nutrition fun and accessible for kids across the country. I am thrilled that she will be continuing this important work here at the White House, and I know she will be an invaluable addition to our team.”
Eschmeyer is co-founder of FoodCorps, a national AmeriCorps service program that places emerging leaders into schools in limited-resource communities for a year of public service, where they teach hands-on lessons about food and nutrition, build and tend school gardens, teach cooking lessons and improve school meal menus. Prior to FoodCorps, she served as a W.K. Kellogg Food & Community Fellow and as communications and outreach director of the National Farm to School Network, where she created One Tray, a national campaign to improve federal child nutrition programs.