Meet Gus Schumacher

Executive Vice President of Policy

Gus Schumacher is Executive Vice President of Policy of Wholesome Wave and Co-Founder with Michel Nischan and the late Michael Batterberry. He served as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at USDA from 1997 to 2001, where he oversaw the Farm Service Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Risk Management Agency. He was also President of the Commodity Credit Corporation. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, Schumacher served as Administrator of USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, worked as a senior agri-lender for the World Bank, and served as Commissioner of Food and Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After Harvard College, he studied at the London School of Economics and was a research associate in agribusiness at the Harvard Business School, working with Professor Ray A. Goldberg. Schumacher was a member of the 21st Century Sustainable Agricultural Task Force of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Schumacher, along with Cathy Bertini, former Director of the World Food Program and Professor Robert Thompson, Gardner Professor of Agricultural Economics at Illinois, oversaw the preparation of the Task Force Report of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, titled “Modernizing America’s Food and Farm Policy: Vision for a New Direction”(2006). Work is underway by this team to update their Food and Farm Policy Report in light of the pending new 2012 Farm Bill deliberations. Schumacher serves as the Contributing Agricultural Editor of Food Arts magazine. In addition to being the Executive Vice President of Policy at Wholesome Wave, he also serves on the Board of GrainPro, LLC of Concord, Massachusetts. On September 22, 2008, he was selected for the 20th Anniversary Food Arts award for outstanding service to the American food and farming system at a ceremony in New York City.   In 2013, Schumacher was awarded a James Beard Leadership Foundation Award.  

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