Marianne Smith Edge
Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA is Senior Advisor, Science & Consumer Insights for the International Food Information Council (IFIC) and Foundation in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization that effectively communicates sound, science-based information on nutrition and food safety to health professionals, educators, government officials, journalists and consumers.
From 2010 to 2015, Smith Edge served as the senior vice-president, nutrition & food safety communications for the organization, directing the overall nutrition and food safety strategic initiatives of the organization, IFIC Foundation consumer research and external collaborations.
Smith Edge is an experienced nutrition communicator, strategic planner, and facilitator with over 25 years of experience. Prior to joining IFIC, she was the owner of MSE and Associates, LLC providing strategic nutrition consulting services for the food and healthcare industry. Smith Edge’s nutrition expertise includes nutrition communications, healthy aging and food allergies. She is a nationally recognized speaker in health, wellness and food systems issues and has authored or co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications.
Smith Edge is a past president of The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and received the ADA Medallion Award in 2009. Smith Edge is also a member of the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT), International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). She currently services on the One Health Commission Board of Directors and completed two terms on the USDA National Research, Extension, Education, & Economics Advisory Board, the advisory board to the Secretary of Agriculture.
Smith Edge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky where she was a member of the Board of Trustees (2000-06) and a master’s degree in public health-nutrition from Western Kentucky University. In August 2009, she earned a certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.