Addressing Hunger from Global to Local: Challenges and Solutions

John Ellenberger

John leads the Land O’Lakes International Development organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 1981 by Land O’Lakes, Inc.  He assumed the role in January, 2017 after leading U.S. Dairy Foods and dairy foods teams since 2008. Before joining Land O’Lakes, John led corporate marketing at American Medical Systems and spent 15 years in various marketing leadership roles at General Mills. John serves on the boards of ServeMinnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. He earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Minnesota. 


Asma Lateef

Asma Lateef has been director of Bread for the World Institute since 2007.  She is responsible for implementing the Institute’s analysis and education on policy issues related to U.S. and global hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Since 2010, she has also been involved in efforts to establish and support the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. She now serves on the Steering Committee of the SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network. Ms. Lateef has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, a post-graduate diploma in economics from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and extensive experience in developing and implementing policy advocacy strategies. Ms. Lateef was director of Policy and Programs at Citizens for Global Solutions and a senior international policy analyst in the Government Relations Department of Bread for the World. In 2003, she led Bread’s campaign to support the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  She also co-chaired a national coalition that worked on its authorization, funding and implementation.  She has also worked for the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.



Nancy Roman

Nancy E. Roman leads the Capital Area Food Bank, the region’s largest organization working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity.  The food bank has a staff of 130 people, an annual budget of $58 million, and supplies 444 partner nonprofits in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland with food and nutrition training and education.

Under Roman’s leadership, the Capital Area Food Bank has become a national voice for the critical importance of food as a driver of health within the low income community, and for the importance of creating access, by several means, to good food that contributes to wellness. Prior to CAFB, Roman was a diplomat with the UN World Food Programme, which provides food to 100 million people in 75 countries.

Roman has also served as VP of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC and President of the G7 Group, a consulting firm that advised Wall Street. Roman also spent 10 years as a journalist. She came to Washington in as press secretary and foreign affairs adviser for the late U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL).

She holds a Master degree in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and French from Baylor University. 

Roman is married to Steven Cohen and has two children, Daniel and Taylor.