Nominations & Elections for 2020

Ever wonder what it is like to be an IFT Board of Directors member? This is your opportunity!

Join us on Tuesday, August 6 from 3:00 – 3:30 pm CST! 

This informational webinar will be hosted by Hongda Chen, Chair of the Nominations & Elections (N & E) Committee, Craig Sherwin, Chair-Elect of N & E and Michele Perchonok, IFT President. Learn about the nominations process and the Board of Directors roles and responsibilities. 

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IFT 2020 Leadership Nominations & Elections

The Nominations & Elections Committee is currently seeking nominations for President Elect and Directors for the 2020-2021 IFT Board of Directors. As a member of IFT, your help is needed to nominate the future leaders of our organization. This is your chance to be a part of the exciting changes and growth of your professional organization by nominating yourself or a colleague for IFT President-Elect or the IFT Board of Directors. The Board of Directors engages in strategic thinking and planning to set the organization’s direction and mobilize resources to ensure IFT’s progress in achieving its mission.

IFT board leaders are responsible for cultivating a professional community committed to advance the science of food and its application across the global food system. The Board of Directors upholds strategic promises to IFT members to focus on individual development, productive networks, scientific innovation and issues advocacy.

Nominate a colleague here

Submit an application here

To learn more about the Board of Director’s nomination process, please review the Candidate Guide.


“I have had the honor to serve in various elected leadership positions within both the Biotechnology and Nonthermal Processing Divisions. Joining the IFT Board of Directors feels like a natural extension of my Division leadership experiences. Being on the Board has been a fulfilling experience as I have the opportunity to work with a globally diverse team of Board members and IFT staff, to serve and contribute to an organization that has given me so much, and it has been a lot of fun!”
Cindy Stewart, IFT President 2017-2018

“Being on the board has been a wonderful experience and I've learned a lot along the way! I've met some great people and been able to influence the direction of the organization. If you are passionate about the mission of the organization and willing to work hard I encourage you to put your name forward. We need a diverse leadership that reflects different member experiences.”
John Coupland, IFT President 2016-2017

"Volunteers enjoy the experience of working with others and giving back; it is part of the challenge. Serving on the IFT Board of Directors expands the degree of satisfaction because IFT activities affect so many people in a positive manner in so many ways."
Dallas Hoover, IFT Board of Directors, 2013-2016

Nominations & Elections Timeline

September 5
Nomination Form deadline
Any questions, please contact Anna Desai, IFT Staff  

September 26
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee
Reference calls for candidates moving to the second round of process

October 29 & 30
Live interview via video conference 

Candidates will need to be able to participate in the interview

October 31
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee

November 18
Announcement of candidate slate to the membership
Candidate webinar to review election process and campaigning

Candidate profile promotion 

February 3 – March 2
Election voting is open 

March 3-6
All candidates will be contacted by Nominations & Elections Committee

May 18-20
Board Orientation