(Washington, D.C.) – Matt Raymond, a veteran communicator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, UNICEF and the Library of Congress, as well as Capitol Hill, has been named senior director of communications at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and the IFIC Foundation.
“In our search for a new senior director of communications, we wanted someone with the communication skills and a record of innovation and results to help us reach both new audiences, and new heights as a top-of-mind resource for science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety,” said IFIC Foundation Executive Director Kimberly Reed. “Not only does Matt have the knowledge and skills we were looking for, but much of his background aligns well with IFIC and the Foundation’s mission and goals.”
A graduate with distinction from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., Matt began his career as an on-air, small-market TV reporter. After moving to Washington, D.C., he worked on Capitol Hill for eight years as a communications director for two senators and chief of staff for a congressman. He was director of speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and, briefly, acting communications director under USDA secretaries Ann M. Veneman and Mike Johanns. He continued as senior communications adviser for Veneman during her first two years as executive director at UNICEF in New York.
He returned to Washington, D.C., as director of communications at the Library of Congress for almost five years.
Matt is also active in his community. In 2013, he began his fourth term as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in D.C.’s Logan Circle area and was elected chairman of the eight-member commission.
The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit http://www.foodinsight.org.