Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson’s, MS, RD, unique experience and skill set helps Label Directions clients gain valuable insight into the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Capitol Hill. Johnson also has strong relationships with thought leaders at NGOs, food associations, and consumer groups, which help Label Directions gain a diverse perspective on food and labeling issues.
In addition to her work with Label Directions, Johnson is the CEO and founder of the boutique government relations firm Food Directions.
Johnson’s food policy experience spans across government, trade associations and public relations. Government experience includes Acting Undersecretary for Food Safety at USDA, where she oversaw the work of the Agency on food safety and labeling; Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture; Senior Professional Staff for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and nutritionist and research dietitian at FDA and USDA. Johnson has also held positions in the private sector including Executive Vice President for Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, Vice President at Fleishman Hillard, Inc public relations and Associate Director of Food Policy at the National Cattlemen’s Association.
Johnson is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), serves on the National Food Policy Conference Advisory Committee, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) host committee, and on Dunkin Brands’ Nutrition Advisory Board and is a Food Cowboy Advisor. Johnson is regularly quoted in media outlets.
Johnson holds a BS in Dietetics from Ball State University and an MS in Nutrition from the University of Maryland. Johnson lives in Maryland with her husband Bill and daughters Hanah and Sara.