The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the nation’s food and health watchdog, has elected Robin Caiola as its new Chair of the Board.
Caiola, a New York-based development consultant and professional photographer, previously served as CSPI’s director of development and as executive director at 20/20 Vision, the nonprofit grassroots environmental and peace organization.
Caiola will replace former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler, who was recently tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as the Chief Science Officer at the White House, where he will lead the nation in the development, manufacture, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
CSPI’s decades-long efforts to lobby governments and corporations for a healthier food environment ushered in the widespread use of packaged food labels and menu labeling in chain restaurants, as well as a new mandatory line for “added sugars” as of 2021 on the Nutrition Facts label.
Along with CSPI’s president, Dr. Peter Lurie, Cailoa said she is “working to promote equitable access to safe and nutritious food, strengthen nutrition standards for school foods and kids meals, and continue to reduce consumption of sugary beverages.”
Former Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia will serve as CSPI’s Vice Chair.
For more information on CSPI, visit cspinet.org.