Food Policy Leadership Institute


The Food Policy Leadership Institute 

The Food Policy Leadership Institute develops new leaders in sustainable agriculture equipped with a sophisticated understanding of how to advance food and agriculture policy in the public interest.

Trained and mentored by the top practitioners in sustainable agriculture policymaking, Food Policy Leadership Institute fellows will engage in a year-long program – two semesters of online coursework followed by a short summer session in Washington, DC and a group farm tour – culminating in a certificate from the Milken Institute School for Public Health at George Washington University. The program is designed to be accessible to professionals from government, business, or the nonprofit sector, as well as to current or prospective graduate students seeking comprehensive training on food policy.

We will soon begin accepting applications for the 2017-18 class of the Food Policy Leadership Institute. To receive information when the application period opens, please click here.


The fields of food and agriculture are changing and diversifying in exciting ways. As a nation, we are looking closely at how food systems can deliver greater ecological benefits, food security, and economic opportunities for farm families and communities. Yet in the midst of many these positive changes, there are still many challenges – from climate change to persistent inequities in the food system.

Government policy plays a critical role in determining how well our nation leverages opportunities and responds to challenges. Good policy requires input from diverse voices armed with the right skills to engage in the policymaking process. The Food Policy Leadership Institute brings together a faculty of experts with more than 200 years’ combined policy experience to train the next generation of leaders, bringing new, diverse voices to the table in Washington, state capitals and beyond.

Fellows in the Food Policy Leadership Institute will gain insight into how policymaking and agenda-setting on food and agriculture works; receive mentorship from program faculty and work with leading policy institutions as they develop and hone their skills; and join a prominent and influential network of sustainable agriculture and food policy leaders.