Grain Foods Foundation Appoints Erin E. Ball as Acting Executive Director

WASHINGTON — The Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) is pleased to announce that Erin E. Ball, longtime Director of Public Relations and Science for the Foundation, has been named Acting Executive Director by GFF’s board of directors. In this role, Ms. Ball succeeds Christine Cochran, who is departing GFF to become president and chief executive officer of SNAC International. Ms. Ball will lead the Grain Foods Foundation while the board conducts a search to identify and name a permanent CEO.

“When the position first became available, we quickly agreed that there was really no one more ready to fill the role,” “Erin is deeply familiar with the industry and has been at the forefront of GFF’s most successful research and public outreach campaigns said Kirk Stehr, of Grain Craft and GFF Board co-chair “As we move forward in our leadership transition at GFF, we know that the organization is in highly competent hands.”

Ms. Ball joined GFF in February 2013 and has since become a superior leader and strategist who has successfully forwarded science-based messaging to health and nutrition communicators and consumers. Since joining the Foundation, she has expanded GFF’s Scientific Advisory Board to include several top nutrition experts and partnered with many registered dietitians, to elevate the Foundation as an industry thought leader, and preside over the implementation of multi-year research and programming initiatives.

“I am eager to start this new chapter with GFF and excited to build on GFF’s successes,” said Ms. Ball when asked about the new role. She continued, “GFF’s work in science-based nutrition messaging has led to an incredible scope of positive conversation surrounding the health benefits of grain foods. I look forward to continuing the work of magnifying the message that every American needs grain foods to maintain a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.”

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About Grain Foods Foundation

Formed in 2004, Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) is a group of thought leaders and advocates for all grain foods and believes everybody needs grain food to enjoy a happy and healthy life. Committed to nutrition education programming that is firmly rooted in science, GFF is a strong advocate for our members and a resource for consumers and the media who want to learn more about the role of grains in a well-balanced eating pattern. GFF offers research-based information and resources to members, partners, influencers, policymakers and consumers through a comprehensive communications campaign, conferences, webinars, research tools, social media and more. GFF is committed to bringing fact-based information and common sense to the consumer. For more information, visit