Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Kristen Spotz is the Senior Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Washington, D.C., representing the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies. Kristen has an extensive background in sanitation, continuous improvement and change control. At GMA, Ms. Spotz oversees the import certification working group for FSMA, Food Safety Modernization Act, and leads the different working groups that assess the economic impact of FSMA. In addition, she is a HACCP trainer and reviews HACCP plans for GMA and is also a member of GMA’s sanitation group. Prior to her role at GMA, Ms. Spotz was a Quality Engineer along with a Quality Supervisor in a wide range of fields including medical device, snack foods and dietary supplements. She has both designed and managed the environmental and finished product testing programs at many facilities.
Ms. Spotz holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Central Florida where she graduated Cum laude. She is trained in HACCP and has engineering coursework in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). Ms. Spotz is a member of the International Association for Food Protection and was previously active with the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Manager, Food Safety and Quality Assurance
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Ms. Cooper is Manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance within the Science and Regulatory Affairs division at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), representing the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer products companies. In this role, her main responsibilities include working with member companies to identify, develop and recommend solutions to ongoing and emergent scientific, regulatory and public policy issues affecting the food products industry, analyzing regulatory developments and emerging food safety issues, and acting as staff liaison for the Regulatory Inspection Compliance Committee and the Supply Chain Management Working Group. In addition, she is a HACCP trainer and FSPCA Lead Instructor, providing training both domestically and internationally. Prior to her role at GMA, Ms. Cooper has experience as a Food Safety Manager at a sous-vide manufacturer, and completed a management trainee program at a poultry processing facility. Ms. Cooper holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science Technology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), where she graduated cum laude.