From White House Chef to Obama’s Nutrition Policy Advisor
Sam Kass is the Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy. In this capacity, Sam leads the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids and ensure that kids have the opportunity for the long, healthy lives they deserve. As Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition he also advises on food and nutrition issues beyond Let’s Move!.
One of the First Lady’s longest serving advisors, Sam previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Sam helped First Lady Michelle Obama create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. To date, the garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House, with further harvests donated to local food shelters.
In 2009, Sam joined the White House Kitchen staff under Executive Chef Cris Comerford’s leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. Sam is a Chicago native and college athlete, Sam played baseball for the University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in U.S. History. He worked at 312 and Avec in Chicago and was trained as a chef by one of Austria’s greatest chefs, Chef Christian Domschitz in Vienna.