Jerold Mande

Adjunct Professor of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition

Jerold Mande is Senior Advisor to the President of the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Mr. Mande brings a wealth of experience in public health, nutrition, and public policy to the job. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, and after two years transitioned to focusing on reforming our national feeding programs. Mande brings prior academic experience as well. Most recently, at Tufts University where he was Professor of the Practice at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Tisch College of Civic Life. Before joining the Obama administration, he was the associate director for public policy at the Yale Cancer Center, and on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he devised a national model that leveraged state leadership to increase cancer prevention and control, including diet and cancer, and was affiliated faculty with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Nutrition.

Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, he helped shape national policy on nutrition, food safety, and tobacco and led the design of the Nutrition Facts label that now appears on virtually all packaged foods. Following his tenure at FDA, Mr. Mande served on the White House staff as a health policy advisor, working on food, cancer, and tobacco policy, and was deputy assistant secretary for occupational health at the Department of Labor. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Al Gore in the U.S. House and Senate, managing Gore’s health and environment agenda, and helping Gore write the nation’s organ donation and transplantation laws.

Mr. Mande earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut. He also completed the program for senior government managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Among his achievements is the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for his work on the Nutrition Facts food label.


  • Program for Senior Government Managers, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • M.P.H., 1983,  Nutrition and Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., 1978,  Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut