Food Policy Council

Washington, DC, DC

Total public members:              12          

Method of Appointment:           Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council       

Length of Appointment:            3 years

Residency:                                 Strong preference for DC residents from all 8 wards

Paid board:                                No (all roles are voluntary)



The DC Food Policy Council (FPC) advises the Food Policy Director, District agencies, the Mayor, and the DC Council on policies to strengthen DC’s food system. Specific topic areas include: Food Access & Equity; Sustainable Supply Chain; Nutrition & Health; Urban Agriculture; and Entrepreneurship & Food Jobs. 

The FPC public members have several main activities/roles: 

  • Attend all FPC public meetings  
  • Advise the Food Policy Director and other District agency staff on DC policies, funding, and programs  
  • Collaborate closely with ex-officio members from ten District agencies.  
  • Convene public working groups and listening sessions 
  • Research and analyze food policies and data, including monitoring best practices from other cities 
  • Participate in FPC member trainings and retreats 
  • Help to write short policy and advocacy documents 

Public members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the DC Council. Public members serve terms of three (3) years and may be reappointed for up to two consecutive terms. Public members are not compensated for their participation on the FPC and may not use the FPC as a channel to market their own business/organization. 

The Food Policy Council’s Bylaws describe the structure, processes, and decision making of the FPC in more detail. You can view the Bylaws here.



  • Public members should bring experience and expertise to the FPC. This can include lived experience of food insecurity or community organizing, educational experience, professional experience, or other relevant experience. 
  • Public members should be committed to racial equity in the food system and to community-informed policy development.  
  • Public members can represent themselves or public, nonprofit, or for-profit entities and organizations involved in the DC food system. 
  • Public members should have the capacity and interest to dedicate a significant amount of time to the FPC, including organizing and attending meetings, contributing to policy documents and projects, and participating in community meetings and events.  
  • The Mayor has a strong preference for members to be District residents. 


If you are interested in an appointment to this board, please complete the appointment application. A member of our team will contact you to discuss the opportunity.



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