Resnick Program for Food Law & Policy


Who We Are – Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy

Executive Director

Policy and Special Programs Director

  • Policy and Special Programs Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy
    Lecturer in Law
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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

Research and Policy 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

Austin_Bryniarski Austin Bryniarski
Summer Fellow

Austin Bryniarski is a summer fellow at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Bryniarski is entering his senior year at Yale College, where he majors in Environmental Studies with a concentration in food and agriculture. He writes for various campus publications, is a founding board member of the Yale Food Law Society, and co-runs Harvest, an orientation program that takes incoming freshmen on weeklong trips to farms throughout Connecticut. He is interested in legal approaches to food systems planning.

Tiana_Carriedo Tiana Carriedo
Summer Fellow

Tiana Carriedo is a J.D. candidate at UCLA School of Law and a 2015 summer fellow at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. In 2014, Carriedo was a visiting fellow at the Justice in Mexico Project at the University of San Diego, where she authored a report on enforced disappearances in Mexico. During law school, Carriedo has served as an editor for the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs and is currently serving as a co-chair for the Animal Law Society. Carriedo holds an M.Sc. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in history from UCLA. Her research interests are in animal law, food law, human rights, trade, development, and Latin America.

Alana_Siegel Alana Siegel
Summer Fellow

Alana Siegel is a summer fellow at the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Alana received a B.A. in Psychology from Lafayette College in 2013, and is currently a JD/MBA student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is expected to graduate in 2017. Thus far, her favorite law school classes were Civil Procedure, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Intellectual Property and Architecture. At WashU, she is the Associate Managing Editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. As a 2L Staff Editor Alana’s note, “NAFTA Largely Responsible for the Obesity Epidemic in Mexico,” was selected for publication, and is set to appear in the 51st volume of the Journal in early 2016. Alana is also a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Women’s Law Caucus.


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.