Dr. Betsy Booren currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz. She works with the food industry to ensure regulatory compliance and provides informed analysis on a variety of issues including food safety, human nutrition, animal health, biotechnology, food quality and processing, new technologies and public health initiatives.
She has experience working with regulatory and public health agencies on interagency collaborations, including recent L. monocytogenes risk assessment, antimicrobial resistance initiatives, and whole genome sequencing. She was influential in ensuring that meat and poultry products remain components of a healthy lifestyle as recognized in domestic and international policies such as the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the school lunch program and within the World Health Organization.
Before joining OFW Law in August 2016, Dr. Booren spent sevens years at the Meat Institute and its affiliated organizations. She held a variety of roles, including Vice President of Scientific Affairs as well as President for the Foundation of Meat and Poultry Research and Education. In these positions, she developed the scientific policy platform for the meat and poultry industry and leveraged the industry’s scientific needs for more than 20 million dollars of research leading to a better understanding of pathogens of concern for the industry.
Dr. Booren currently sits on the USDA’s National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. She is an active member of the International Association for Food Protection, Institute of Food Technologists, American Society for Nutrition and the American Meat Science Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors.
She earned a bachelor of science from Michigan State University, a master of science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Dr. Booren resides in McLean, VA.