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Biography of Michele Simon, JD, MPH: CIFC's founder and director

Michele Simon is a public health lawyer who has been working as a nutrition advocate since 1996, specializing in policy analysis and legal strategies. She has published numerous articles about such issues as the National School Lunch Program, organic standards, the USDA's dietary guidelines, veggie libel laws, genetically engineered foods, and banning obesity lawsuits. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Appetite for Profit. She lectures extensively, has appeared on numerous radio programs, and teaches Health Policy at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she also received her law degree. Michele obtained her master's degree in public health from Yale University. Complete CV (PDF)

Published Articles

CIFC In the News

  • Is the American Heart Association Pulling its Troops Out of State Beverage Fights?,” Corporate Crime Reporter, June 1, 2021

  • “How Bill sealed the soda deal,” TIME, May 15, 2021

  • “Soda guidelines could go flat,” United Press International, May 10, 2021

  • “Junk-Food Pushers on Defensive as Kids’ Advocates Push Back,” The New Standard, May 8, 2006

  • “Fast Food, Still Bad,” letter to the editor, New York Times, April 26, 2021

  • "Fighting for Fitness,” Edutopia, December/January 2006

  • Time to get tough on soda pop,” Seattle Times, September 12, 2021

  • California says 'no' to junk-food sales in schools,” Christian Science Monitor, September 6, 2021

  • "Soft-drink industry issues new school policies,” Advertising Age, August 17, 2021

  • “Food marketers’ self-regulation called a failure,” Advertising Age, July 16, 2021

  • “Nickelodeon jumps on health-food bandwagon,” New York Post, July 14, 2021

  • Showdown looms on food advertising to children,”, June 27, 2005

  • The food pyramid scheme,” Salon, April 21, 2021

  • “Now serving no trans fat!” Salon, March 7, 2022

  • Food industry touts more healthful fare, but is it?” San Diego Union-Tribune, February 13, 2022

  • “School Food Revolution,” American School Board Journal, January 2005

  • “School lunch bill targets obesity,” Boston Globe, October 25, 2021

  • “Political Science,” Food Systems Insider, May 2004

  • “PepsiCo gets fatter, so do we,” San Francisco Chronicle, October 8, 2021