Erik D. Olson, J.D., is senior strategic director for Health and Food at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to joining the Natural Resources Defense Council he was director of Food Programs at the Pew Health Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in consumer, public health, and environmental policy and advocacy. Dr. Olson oversees the Pew Health Groups’ food-related projects, including programs aimed at improving food safety, strengthening safety and nutrition standards for foods served in the nation’s schools, and reviewing the adequacy of the Food and Drug Administration’s programs regulating chemicals added to food. Prior to joining Pew, he was deputy staff director and general counsel of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works until November 2008. During his Senate tenure, he worked on environmental issues and on health threats from toxic chemicals, playing a key role in major legislation and hearings on global warming, toxic chemicals, children’s environmental health, clean air, drinking water, clean water, and environmental justice, among other issues. He also helped to negotiate the key provisions enacted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the green buildings and green schools provisions of the Energy Independent Security Act of 2007. Dr. Olson is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Food Forum. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.