Derek's special expertise in the nutrition programs comes as a result of years of dedicated service in Washington, including significant work on recent farm bills. He serves as legislative director for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Prior to serving as Harkin's legislative director, Derek served as senior professional staff member on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, where he was responsible for food and nutrition policy, including federally administered food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) among others. Prior to working on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Miller worked for Congresswoman Eva Clayton (D-NC).
We are very grateful to Derek for his fantastic presentation and have already invited him back to teach a session in our Food Law & Policy class next fall. Appreciation is also extended to our alumna, Amy Lowenthal, for helping to connect us to Derek. Amy served with Derek on the Senate Agriculture Committee.