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Dr. June Jo Lee, VP Strategic Insights, The Hartman Group

Dr. June Jo Lee, VP Strategic Insights, The Hartman Group

June is a food ethnographer for the food industry. Internationally trained, her research in North and Latin Americas, and Asia focuses on understanding food culture in relation to health, identity, taste and desire.

Her areas of expertise include the cultural apparatus of food, eating occasions, food culture trends, and Health + Wellness. Current and past clients include Starbucks, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft, PepsiCo, ConAgra, Hershey’s, NestlĂ©, Campbell’s, Heinz, Safeway, Dairy Management Inc., National Council of Farmer’s Cooperative, Daymon, Bunge, Johnson and Johnson and Seventh Generation.

She has spoken at industry conferences for the Culinary Institute of America, Harvard School of Public Health, United Fresh Produce Association, Food Marketing Institute, Cooperative Grocer Network, Natural Products Expo West, and many client Consumer Days.

June has worked at The Hartman Group for nine years. She has a Master’s in East Asian Studies from Harvard and a Master’s in Korean Studies from Yonsei University.

Michael Dimock, President Roots of Change

Michael Dimock, President Roots of Change

Michael R. Dimock, president of Roots of Change (ROC), is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems needed for the 21st Century. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle and he is a regular contributor to the blog sites Civil Eats and Huffington Post. ROC is developing road maps to strategic coordination and campaign victory for the food movement with a specific focus on supporting development of the California Food Policy Council.

Michael has focused on agriculture and food since 1989. He was a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness, farmed organically for three years in Sonoma County, and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network, where he began his work on consensus building and strategic planning to create healthier food and agriculture. From 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors. Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their latest book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World, published in October 2012. Michael’s love for food systems grew from experiences on an 11,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in the late 1960s and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, he worked in television and documentary film production and was a campaign worker for California Governor Jerry Brown. Michael received a BA in History with Honors at UCLA in 1983 and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University in 1988.