Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy


Who We Are – Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

Executive Director

Academic Advisory Board

Outside Advisory Board

  • Neal Baer
    Neal Baer
    Pediatrician, television writer and project scientist, Global Media Center for Social Impact, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Andrew S. Clare
    Andrew S. Clare
    Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
  • Paula Daniels
    Paula Daniels
    Executive Director, California Central (a USC Initiative), and Founder, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
  • Michael Dimock
    Michael Dimock
    President, Roots of Change
  • Sarah Dusseault
    Sarah Dusseault
    Chief of Staff, L.A. Councilmember David E. Ryu
  • Marsha Echols
    Marsha Echols
    Professor, Howard University School of Law, and Director, The World Food Law
  • Ezekiel Emanuel
    Ezekiel Emanuel
    Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Maisie Ganzler
    Maisie Ganzler
    Vice President of Strategy, Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Tom Harkin
    Tom Harkin
    Former U.S. Senator, Iowa
  • Joshua T. Hofheimer
    Joshua T. Hofheimer
    Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Sam Kass
    Sam Kass
    Food entrepreneur, former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition
  • David A. Kessler
    David A. Kessler
    Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, and former FDA Commissioner
  • Mary Lee
    Mary Lee
    Deputy Director, PolicyLink
  • Margot Pollans
    Margot Pollans
    Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Teaching Fellow
  • Ilene Resnick
    Ilene Resnick
    Board Member, Garden School Foundation, P.S. Arts, Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences, Young Story Tellers Foundation
  • Stewart A. Resnick
    Stewart A. Resnick
    Chairman and President, The Wonderful Company, LLC
  • Brian Snyder
    Brian Snyder
    Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Anurag Varma
    Anurag Varma
    Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Global Distinguished Fellow

Affiliated Faculty

Academic Fellow

Food Law Scholar

Whitney_Turk Whitney Turk
Food Law Scholar, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

B.A. Colorado College, 2004
M.A. Graduate Theological Union; Pacific School of Religion, 2010
M.A. Brooklyn College, 2011
J.D. Georgetown University Law Center, 2014

Whitney Turk is the Food Law Scholar at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Her research focus is on economically motivated adulteration (EMA), a form of food fraud. At UCLA, she will develop tools and scholarship that explain the problem of EMA and potential solutions within the United States and with our trading partners. EMA pervades both domestic and international food systems, but new attention to the problem will help shape future law and policy decisions about enforcement and supply chain transparency.

Whitney joined the Maryland Bar after receiving her J.D. from Georgetown in 2014. She earned an M.A. in English Education from Brooklyn College in 2011 while teaching high school English, English for Language Learners, and Special Education and also finishing her thesis for an M.A. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion. She received a B.A. in English, Creative Writing, and Religion from Colorado College in 2004. Whitney has performed legal work in transgender equal rights policy, employment discrimination, affordable housing, and nonprofit corporate governance. She is also an amateur calligrapher, traditional hand tool woodworker, and avid Scotch enthusiast.

Summer Fellows

Brian Fink Brian Fink
Summer Fellow

Brian Fink is a summer fellow at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. He is now a third-year law student at UCLA, where he is a Discourse Editor for the UCLA Law Review and the newly elected Executive Chair of the Food Law Society. He has a bachelor's degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of Washington. Before law school, Brian had various roles throughout the food system. He worked on organic farms throughout Western Europe, was a cook and kitchen manager in the natural foods industry, and wrote about cooking with wild edible plants. He has also helped build community gardens and urban farms in Seattle. Brian enjoys vegetable gardening, shopping at farmers' markets, and playing with his food.

Mallory Neumann Mallory Neumann
Summer Fellow

Mallory Neumann is a summer fellow at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. She is now a second-year law student at Florida State University College of Law, and has a bachelor's degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida. Mallory previously interned in the Food and Nutrition Department at Miami-Dade Public Schools, analyzing federal food policies and school menus, and with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) where she realized the role of attorneys in advocating for change in food and agricultural policies. Mallory has also assisted with research on diet-related diseases at the University of Florida Clinical Research Center. She is passionate about public health and improving the food system, and plans to organize a Food Law Society at Florida State when she returns.


Emily_Chen_2 Emily Chen

B.A. Pomona College, 1998
J.D. Stanford Law School, 2003

Emily Chen is a consultant to the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Executing on the mission of the University of California Global Food Initiative, Chen is the lead researcher and writer for a report analyzing how law schools across the nation are addressing, and can engage, issues of food equity. Chen also advises the Resnick Program on capacity building, on-the-ground impact projects, public programs, and communications.

A seasoned attorney, Chen has served as in-house counsel to various technology startups in the Silicon Valley. In that capacity, she negotiated global technology transactions, developed and recommended best practices for company policies and procedures, advised and collaborated on new product development, and strategized on trademark matters. Previously, Chen was a corporate associate at the New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP in their San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where she specialized in initial public offerings, financings, corporate governance compliance, and general corporate matters for companies in a variety of industries, including solar and biotechnology.

Chen received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Harry L. Hupp of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Chen received her B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College, and is conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Chen has served on the board of directors for Youth Speaks, a leading urban youth literacy and arts organization based in San Francisco. She participates in the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and has written on food system issues. In addition, Chen supports various food advocacy organizations in a volunteer capacity throughout Los Angeles.

Anna Roozbahani Anna Roozbahani
Consultant and Food Law Scholar, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Legal Practice Course), Kaplan Law School, 2013
LL.M. (International Commercial Law), University of Leicester, 2009
LL.B. (Hons) Law, University of Leicester, 2007

Anna Roozbahani is a Food Law Scholar and consultant to the Rensick Program for Food Law and Policy. Anna is conducting a literature and source review of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement that is being negotiated between the EU and US as it relates to food. Anna has developed a blog wherein she tracks all developments of the TTIP and other related issues on food trade. Anna is also contributing on the international food trade portion of a casebook on International Food Law.

Anna's practice focus was on International Commercial Law. She has extensive experience working in Europe as well as the Middle East in areas such as settlement of commercial dispute, arbitration, litigation, contract review, shareholder agreement, contract drafting, import and export law in government level as well as private sector.

Anna is admitted to practice law in New York. She completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Kaplan Law School with Commercial and Commercial Litigation electives in 2012. She holds a LL.B. (Hons) Law and LL.M. in International Commercial Law from University of Leicester. Her LL.M. Thesis focused on World Trade Organization (WTO).

Anna is fluent in 5 languages. She is a registered interpreter in the UK. She supported herself throughout the law schools performing simultaneous and consecutive interpreting and translation for different governmental organizations, numerous departments of local authorities and tribunals.

Visiting Scholar

Silvia Rolandi Silvia Rolandi
Visiting Student, Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy

Silvia Rolandi is a PhD Candidate in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. Her PhD deals mainly with agricultural law and, in particular, food law. Silvia's doctoral research project is on the electronic commerce of food.

Silvia graduated with her bachelor's and Masters degree in law from the University of Pisa, where she wrote a thesis on international private law. During her time in law school, Silvia spent one semester in Seville as the winner of an Erasmus Scholarship. She also spent six months in Buenos Aires in 2008 interning for a law firm that deals with private international law controversies. In 2010, Silvia was a post-baccalaureate student in International Trade Law at the International Training Center for ILO in Turin. Silvia has been admitted to practice in Italy since 2011.


Edison Tang Edison Tang

B.A. East China University of Science and Technology, 2005
J.D. Shanghai Jiaotong Law School, 2009

Edison Tang is a food law advisor to the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Supporting its China Food Safety Governance Initiative by helping to coordinate conferences, workshops and other events and discussions. Tang also advises the Resnick Program on China food law research programs and assists in collaborating with scholars and officials in China

Tang serves as Chief Operating Officer of a top food law consulting firm in China, Food Coordinate Consulting and is responsible for business development, customer transactions and corporate management. Tang was an in-house counsel at Intel where he negotiated transactions, advised on corporate and IP strategies and developed effective communications with state and local government authorities. Previously, Tang was a corporate attorney with Ropes & Gray LLP where he advised clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and internal investigations and compliance in a variety of industries.

Tang is actively involved in the development of food law and policy. He is one of the executive members of the China Food and Drug Safety Council Committee (Shanghai), and also takes active involvement in food legislation and standardization in China.