Speaker Profile

Brian Ronholm
Senior Director of Regulatory Policy / Arent Fox LLP

Brian Ronholm is senior director of regulatory policy in Arent Fox’s FDA and Agriculture group, where he specializes in food safety regulation and policy, and provides clients with strategic advice on navigating regulatory and legislative challenges in the food and agriculture space. From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Ronholm served as USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety, where he provided oversight of the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), the department’s public health agency that regulates meat, poultry, catfish and processed egg products. During his time at the USDA, Brian developed strategic frameworks and engaged in outreach activities to advance policies and initiatives impacting FSIS-regulated products. He also chaired the U.S. Codex Policy Steering Committee, an interagency partnership that engages stakeholders in the advancement of science-based international food safety standards to facilitate fair trade. Mr. Ronholm also served as chair of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). Prior to his appointment, Brian worked for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) where he managed issues related to the House Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee. He also developed and implemented legislative and communication strategies for policy issues related to food safety, nutrition, anti-hunger, medical product safety and consumer protection.