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Dr. Barbara Schneeman


Dr. Barbara Schneeman was appointed Higher Education coordinator for USAID in March 2015. In this role, she works with the higher education community to improve awareness of USAID opportunities and increase engagement avenues for the agency. She also represents USAID on higher education issues in intra-agency meetings, and with higher education associations and other industry leaders to build and support institutional partnerships. Previously she served as the Director of the Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements at the Food and Drug Administration and is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, where she was a member of the nutrition faculty and served in several administrative roles, including Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Her B.S. degree in Food Science is from UC Davis and Ph.D. in Nutrition is from the University of California, Berkeley.  Professional activities include participation in Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Science (NAS), committees for NAS, USDA, Food and Agricultural Organization, and World Health Organization.  Professional honors include awards from IFT, Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition and AAAS.  She is recognized for her work on dietary fiber, gastro-intestinal function, development and use of food-based dietary guidelines, and policy development in the area of food and nutrition.